Sam Smith Announces Surprise Return After Surgery, Set To Reconnect With Disclosure

Soulful British crooner Sam Smith surprised his fans on Friday when he announced he will be returning to the recording studio after recovering from surgery. Smith, 23, was under doctor’s orders not to speak or sing for three weeks after undergoing surgery on his vocal cords in May, according toMusic-News.com, forcing him to cancel numerous concert dates.

But that hiatus appears to be over now after the Grammy award winning singer posted to Twitter on Friday, suggesting a collaboration with British electronic duo Disclosure could be around the corner. His first tweet — seen below — just had the one word, “Surprise!” while the second one was the rather more colorful, yet more revealing “More F***ing music little sailors.”

The accompanying photo is one of Smith donning Disclosure’s unique, trademarked graphic mask.

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Disclosure’s subsequent tweet — which used the same image as Smith’s — appeared to confirm the news.

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As the tweet suggests, this would be the second time that Smith and Disclosure will be working together. The popular electronic dance duo had also worked with Smith on their 2013 hit single “Latch,” which proved a launching pad for Smith’s career and gave Disclosure its first UK hit in 2012, according to MTV News.

Disclosure — brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence — have been working on their second album, titled Caracal. However, as Fader reports, the duo had yet to reveal the names of all the artists who would be involved on the album, leaving fans to speculate. Although, as Idolator reports, it has yet to be confirmed if the new collaboration would be for the new album, reports according to Fader suggest that Smith’s well-known name will now be added to those of Gregory Porter, Nao, Lion Babe, and Kwabs, who have already been confirmed.

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Smith, whose hit single “Stay with Me” won both Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2015 Grammy Awards, started having trouble with his vocal cords halfway through his tour of Australia in May. It turned out he had hemorrhaged his vocal cords during a April 28 show in Sydney, according to Rolling Stone, and had to call off the rest of the tour, cancelling all the shows scheduled for May and June to make time for surgery and recovery.

There had been concerns about the long-term viability of Smith’s voice after surgery, but now, well on his way back to recovery, the show must go on. In addition to Smith’s collaboration with Disclosure, he returns to extensive touring — still promoting his 2014 album In Lonely Places — starting with a performance scheduled for July 3 at a sold-out Thetford Forest in Suffolk, UK.

If Sam Smith’s upcoming collaboration with Disclosure proves anywhere as successful as the first time, good times lie ahead for both parties — as well as their numerous fans.

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