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Kehlani and Syd both appear on British electronic duo Disclosure’s new single “Birthday.” The song is from the sessions Disclosure did for their forthcoming third studio album Energy.

“We wrote the song with Syd originally, and we were definitely going on that Brandy, Monica, and Aaliyah vibe; that was just how we were all feeling that day,” Disclosure’s Howard Lawrence told Apple Music.

“And then we decided halfway through writing it, we were like, you know what, this would actually be great as a duet. So who should we get on it? And she was like, ‘Oh, well, maybe I’ll just get Kehlani.’ We were like, yeah, that’s fine. But also, people say that stuff a lot in sessions and it never happens. So we just went like, yeah, sure, thinking that’s not going to happen. And then two weeks later, it was just in the inbox.”

Energy is slated for release on Friday (Aug. 28). In addition to Kehlani and Syd, the release features appearances from Common, Kelis, and Aminé, among others.

Listen to “Birthday” below.

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