Weather it’s on a sultry dance floor or in a red-light basement, or in those dark private spaces where attraction is mutually communicated, the slow burning soul duet has been responsible for bringing bodies together for years. Alicia Keys’ duet with Maxwell “The Fire We Make” will certainly continue that time-honored tradition.
Not since Teddy Pendergrass and Stephanie Mills recorded Peabo Bryson’s “Feel The Fire” in 1980 has there been such a magnetic and hot duet! Keys and Maxwell combine their popular sex appeal (evident in the video below) and vocal talent to create a classic feeling song that is robust in sexual desire and anticipation. Keys vocals are filled with tension and emotion, while Maxwell’s falsetto soars, almost Prince-like, to new heights as he mirrors her yearning.
The slow burning soul duet provides a space for listeners to role-play and perform for one another lyrical scenes of love. Overall, slow burning soul, Alicia Keys and Maxwell has placed black romance in the public sphere. They have invited black (and white) bodies to express deep feelings of love and wanting, while engulfed in smooth tempos, squeezable chords, and passionate lyrics.
This is soul! This is Black music! Happy BMM!
Grab a partner and take a listen!