D’Angelo has been missing from the scene for a minute, but super-producer Mark Ronson coaxed the sultry singer out of hiding for “Glass Mountain Trust.” The track, included on Ronson’s third album Record Collection (due Sept. 28), coasts on a hollow synthesizer and popping snares, with the “Brown Sugar” crooner showing that his hiatus has only deepened his voice’s character.
Ronson previously told Billboard.com that the song was his favorite off the album, sharing that D’Angelo has been busy recording in the studio despite the fact that he’s been M.I.A. from the scene. “I know he’s been working non-stop. It’s not like they’ve been sitting on their asses,” he said.
“I was pretty much floored when D said that the only two records of the past five to six years that he really listened to a lot were St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley and Back to Black,” he added, referring to his production work on Amy Winehouse’s breakout album. “I was like, ‘I cannot believe I made something that this guy listened to over and over again and looked to for inspiration.'”