R&B champ Maxwell has at long last returned with new music, as "Lake By the Ocean" previews his first album in seven years, BlackSUMMERS'night, due out this summer.

BlackSUMMERS'night is not to be confused with 2009's BLACKsummers'night, which featured the hit single "Pretty Wings" and collected a Best R&B album for Maxwell in 2010. The singer was supposed to release an album in 2012, but vocal problems forced him to push back the project.

Of "Lake By the Ocean," Maxwell said in a Facebook live Q&A (via Pitchfork), "Basically, the song represents falling in love after a very tough trial period in life and finding contentment in the smallest things next to the biggest things. Being content in a lake when you have an entire ocean near you is the epitome of true happiness."

BlackSUMMERS'night will be released on July 1. Maxwell will celebrate the release with a performance at Essence Fest this summer.