Flower of the Universe: hear Sade’s first new music in eight years

Taken from Ava DuVernay’s big-budget Disney fantasy A Wrinkle in Time, the song marks an unexpected return from the reclusive British soul legend

Sade has released her first new music in eight years, with the song Flower of the Universe, taken from the soundtrack to A Wrinkle in Time – Ava DuVernay’s big-budget sci-fi fantasy starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and more.

Backed by pretty acoustic guitar and almost eerie wordless backing vocals, Sade delivers a typically spellbinding vocal line. The sentimental lyric is aimed at a child, described as a “flower of the universe”: “They want to know it’s true / There’s someone in the world, lovely as you.”

The song is paired with a remix by No ID, famous for his production work with Kanye West, Jay-Z and Common, who adds some subtle drum programming.

Sade’s most recent release was her album Soldier of Love in 2010, which came a decade after her Lovers Rock LP, though her popularity remains high despite the intermittent release schedule. When she toured in 2012, she out-earned Adele to become the sixth-highest earning musician in the world that year. She has sold more than 50m records in her career, which began in 1984 with the phenomenally successful album Diamond Life.




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