Grammy-winning artist Maxwell, whose most recent album, 2009’s BLACKsummer’snight, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard, has released a new single entitled “Lake By The Ocean” after seven years of hard work. It’s an infectious slow jam that’s perfectly fitting for the return of the R&B singer. Of the recording process, Maxwell had the following to say:

“When it started, it was a much slower jam. But it’s interesting because I can say for a fact — and I hope people don’t hate me for taking so long [to release new music] — but I want my real life to be in these songs. I don’t want them to be written [quickly]. I’m not a typical sort of pop artist. I’m not really concerned about being No. 1. But at the end of the day, I want to surprise people a little bit. So hopefully there will be some element of surprise.”

“Lake By The Ocean” is the first single to be debuted as part of a series of albums off his BLACKsummer’snight trilogy which will be released July 1. If the new track is any indication of how the rest of the album will sound, expect Maxwell’s latest release to be the perfect comeback.  “It’s so cool though to be around to do something that affects lives in certain ways, the singer says ecstatically. “It’s fantastic.” Check out the official lyric video for “Lake By The Ocean” below.