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Phoenix confirm R Kelly collaboration

R&B singer will appear on a remix of 'Trying To Be Cool'

Phoenix have confirmed they are to collaborate with R Kelly on record.

The band yesterday posted an image to their Instagram page of a sleeve bearing the words ‘Phoenix featuring R. Kelly, Trying To Be Cool Remix’ in red on a black background. The original version of ‘Trying To Be Cool’, featuring Kelis, appears on the band’s 2013 album ‘Bankrupt’.

Speaking to Radio.com, Phoenix guitarist Christian Mazzalai was recently quizzed about the possibility of recording with R Kelly. He said: “Yeah, maybe. Maybe soon you will know. Maybe.” It is reported that the guitarist lifted up his sunglasses and winked while saying this.

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The unlikely collaborators first joined forces earlier this year when R Kelly performed with the band during their headline set at California’s Coachella festival. Mazzalai also explained the background to the collaboration, saying: “Before going onstage we always put on R Kelly’s music, which is very far from our music, but we love his art. So we created a mash-up between our music and his music. We sent it to him and he said yes. The funny part is he arrived late so we didn’t see him before. We met him onstage. We didn’t rehearse so there was a beautiful tension.”

Phoenix return to the UK to play Reading and Leeds Festivals in August.

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