It’s no surprise that Drake will be returning from his current European tour with a couple thousand (give or take) new hysterical female fans, but the Young Money rapper will also have locked down a couple unlikely collaborations with two of Britain’s finest exports, Florence and the Machine and The xx. During a recent tour stop in London, Drake summoned Florence Welch to the stage for an unexpected guest performance, for which the songstress provided vocals for the Thank Me Later track “Fireworks,” in place of Alicia Keys. After hitting it off in Los Angeles following MTV’s Video Music Awards last year, the two have maintained a friendship, and are reportedly working on a feature for Florence and the Machine’s upcoming album.
Drake’s musical adventures across the pond also include work with The xx’s producer, Jamie Smith, for his sophomore album, Take Care. Smith confirmed the collaboration to NME, explaining that he’s already been swapping ideas with the Toronto rapper. “He’s a fan of The xx and my remixes and stuff and I sent him some beats,” Smith revealed. “We’re just going to do some stuff for the next album.” Drake, who’s debut album, Thank Me Later, featured production predominantly from hip-hop heavy-weights like Kanye West and Swizz Beatz, told BBC that The xx engineer will offer something new to his follow-up effort, saying, “Jamie is probably one of the most exciting producers I’ve ever heard.”
Watch Drake and Florence Welch perform “Fireworks” below: