It’s been four years since R&B star Alicia Keys released Girl On Fire, her last album. She’s got something coming later this year, and she’ll be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend. And leading up to that performance, she’s just shared a new single called “In Common.” Keys worked with Jamie xx on Girl On Fire, and judging by “In Common,” she’s been spending a lot of time listening to him lately. The slinky, insinuating track is built from his whole muted-but-propulsive sound palate. It also has some tastefully deployed dancehall drums. This is just a very good pop song, an assured effort from someone who knows what she’s doing. Check it out below.
Alicia Keys’ new album hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s expected later this year.