Auerbach will be at the helm of the "'60s garage but without nostalgia" themed follow up to 2011's 'Will the Guns Come Out' - pictured below - after the pair met in France. Khatib also designed the logo for Auerbach's studio. Speaking to LA Weekly, Khatib says of their meeting: "A friend owns a bar in Paris and introduced us when I was deejaying after a show. He went deep into music and started dropping knowledge about all these obscure LA bands. We ended up going back and forth deejaying all night."
Auerbach recently collaborated with British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka. The track, which is titled 'Lasan', made up the B-side on Kiwanuka's single 'I'm Getting Ready', which features on the singer's debut album, 'Home Again'.NME
Speaking previously about the track, Auerbach said: "It was great – really quick. We went and did it really quick at Ray Davies' studio. It was nice. Obviously his voice is amazing the songs are cool. The production on that stuff is great too – I like what the guy is doing."
The Black Keys released their seventh studio album 'El Camino' in December last year. Auerbach recently revealed that he and drummer Patrick Carney will be playing UK festivals this summer, but couldn't reveal which ones as they were "top secret", and also hinted that they had already begun planning the follow-up to their last LP.