On the cover of Miguel’s new record, Wildheart (RCA), a nude woman crouches on all fours while the singer kneels behind her, chest bare, one hand on her back, the other…mysteriously obscured. Pillow talk turns into sweet dreams / Sweet dreams turn into coffee in the morning, he croons in the lead single, the smooth and sugary “Coffee,” replacing the titular drink with f-cking in the remix, “Coffee (F-cking).” A parenthetical “f-cking” seems appropriate tacked on to the title of any Miguel song—the Grammy-winning breakout “Adorn” was just one of many get-you-in-the-mood slow jams on his 2012 hit Kaleidoscope Dream. Wildheart yields yet more panty droppers, but Miguel’s music isn’t just about sex. “I use love and lust to represent my relationship with my dreams, my aspirations, my beliefs,” says the 29-year-old Angeleno. “Wildheart is about the belief that nothing great was ever accomplished by being faint of heart or fearful. To transcend the negativity and the doubt, it always takes a bit of crazy, a bit of ‘f-ck it.’” As for the album art? “I like to leave that open to interpretation,” he says. “Let your mind wander.”
Miguel is visiting the FLARE offices Tuesday, July 6 at 10 a.m.! Tweet your questions to #FLARExMiguel and you could win a signed copy of the August issue. Watch the interview LIVE on Periscope; just follow flarefashion and tune in!