Sade Releases Her First Song In 7 Years & It’s Spectacular (Audio)

Already, 2018 has been a surprisingly big year for soundtracks. Just when that appeared to be a medium misplaced in the decade, some of music’s most powerful voices are proving otherwise. Last month, Kendrick Lamar and his Top Dawg family hit fans with the musical companion to Black Panther. The #1 charting release boasts new music from all four members of Black Hippy, as well as SZA, Anderson .Paak, Vince Staples, and more.

A Wrinkle In Time, Ava DuVernay’s film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 Sci-Fi/Children’s classic novel opens this week. The Disney film stars Oprah Winfrey, amidst a bustling cast of Hollywood heavyweights. For its soundtrack, a diverse offering matches the cast. According to Complex, listeners will hear DJ Khaled and Sia alongside Myka 9, Aceyalone with their Freestyle Fellowship. Fresh off of a “Producer Of The Year” nomination at the Grammy Awards, No I.D. shares what stands to be the focal point of the compilation for many fans: Sade’s first song in seven years.

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On the W.I.T. soundtrack, there are two renditions of “Flowers Of The Universe.” The original, and a separate No I.D. remix. Shared online by the Cocaine 80’s member and Kanye West mentor, the song is the first fans have heard from the Nigerian-born, four-time Grammy-winning songstress since 2010. That is the year Sade released her sixth album, Soldier Of Love. Debuting at #4, the effort was subsequently certified platinum, just like the five other Sade studio albums, dating back to 1984.

According to PR Newswire, Sade co-wrote and co-produced the original version of the song, with Ben Travers and Andrew Hale. “Flowers…” is Sade’s second original song contribution to a soundtrack following 1986’s Absolute Beginners cut “Killer Blow,” which Sade performs in the film, starring David Bowie.

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“Flowers Of The Universe” features the haunting, layered vocals of Sade. No I.D. manipulates the drums for dramatic effect, just as he’s done so well for JAY-Z, Common, and others. As the entrance section of the song breaks, it clears a serene pathway for the singer to muse on love, pain, and how children are the beauty of the world. Sade, who is also a mother, finds the perfect way to make a song that applies to parental love, romantic love, and nondescript catharsis from everyday life. The song is bold and brilliant, and everything music fans have come to expect from a creator who is careful with releasing her art.

In addition to his acclaimed work on 4:44 with Jay last year, No I.D. worked with Vic Mensa, Logic, and Dave East.

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Walt Disney Records releases this soundtrack this Friday, March 9.