The Black Keys Announce New Album ‘Ohio Players’ & Share Single Featuring Beck & Dan The Automator

Listen to the lead single “Beautiful People (Stay High)” from the Akron, Ohio natives’ 12th LP.

By Andy Kahn Jan 12, 2024 7:59 am PST

The Black Keys will release their 12th studio album, Ohio Players, on April 5 through Nonesuch Records. The Akron, Ohio natives previewed the record with the single, “Beautiful People (Stay High)” featuring co-writers Beck and Dan the Automator.

The Black Keys – guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney – titled their new album after the funk band from Dayton, Ohio. The duo’s experience DJing dance parties around the globe during the time they were recording the follow-up to 2022’s Dropout Boogie, also informed the new album. Auerbach and Carney spun 45s from their personal record collections.

“That’s been the fun of it,” Auerbach told Mojo. “Letting go a little bit.”

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Along with Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and Beck, the album features several additional collaborations. Without revealing the Ohio Players tracklist, The Black Keys confirmed contributions from Noel Gallagher and Greg Kurstin, among others.

“We had this epiphany: ‘We can call our friends to help us make music,’” Carney stated. It’s funny because we both write songs with other people — Dan all the time [as a solo artist and producer], me when I’m producing a record. That’s what we do. What we wanted to accomplish with this record was make something that was fun. And something that most bands 20 years into their career don’t make, which is an approachable, fun record that is also cool.”

Auerbach further elaborated on the recording process.

“No matter who we work with, it never feels like we’re sacrificing who we are. It only feels like it adds some special flavor. We just expanded that palette with people we wanted to work with. We were there to support them and their ideas, to do whatever we could to see that moment flourish. But when it came time to finish the album, it was just Pat and me.

“We’d never worked harder to make a record. It’s never taken us this long to make an album. We took our time and did it right.”

“Beautiful People (Stay High)” was co-produced by The Black Keys and Dan The Automator, who also provided samples. The track features Beck on Celeste keyboard and backing vocals. View the official lyric video for the single below:

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