On R. Kelly’s last album, Love Letter, the King of R&B sang homages to the soul ballads that filled up ’60s radios. For his next one, he might leap a decade ahead to the decadent ’70s. His new single, "Share Your Love," off the upcoming Write Me Back, is a glittering disco production that’s typical Kells: that balletic croon backed by lyrics like "Let’s get together / POPULATE! / Make the world better / POPULATE!" But it’s awesome, yes, and should have you ready for the floor whenever it makes its way to your favorite dive clubs.
In an interview with Interview last year, Kells said of the new album:
"I’m thinking of going back to the Shaft  days next year and just see what it’s like to bring that back to R&B. It’s interesting because when I was a kid I used to watch, like, Back to the Future , where the man would call “Marty!” and they would jump in the little car and go back to the future. And I always said, “Man, that’s how I want to be able to travel with my gift.” So it’s funny that I just sit here now, and I feel like I can get in my musical time machine and just travel anywhere I want. And when I get there, I can take some of those elements and bring them back to these days, and it’s authentic. It’s almost like I feel like it’s unfair, but it’s not, you know? I didn’t give myself this gift, so I must be meant to do something with it."
There’s nothing wrong with any of that. Stay tuned for more R. Kelly time travel adventures as we find out about them.