Khalid dropped off a new single, “Present,” set to land on his upcoming mixtape, dubbed Scenic Drive, out December 3 via Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records.
The new track enlists a deep R&B sound with smooth guitar strums, light synths and a strong drum beat. “I know that you’re on to me, baby/Tell me that you want me, baby,” the 23-year-old artist sings in the first verse. “Really need your company, baby/If it’s alright, you can ruin me, baby.”
“I’ve had the chance to listen to a lot of music and also push myself creatively while I’m recording,” Khalid said in a press release. “My Mom raised me on R&B and whether it’s the harmonies or melodies, it will always be a part of my music. ‘Present’ is just the beginning and I love that it has a dual meaning. It feels good to be more ‘present’ after such a trying year in the pandemic and it’s also a ‘present’ for my fans that have been with me every step of the way.”
Scenic Drive will arrive as a “companion piece” to Khalid’s 2018 Sun City EP. Additionally, the vocalist previously announced the forthcoming arrival of his third studio album, titled Everything Is Changing, which will mark his first full-length effort since his 2019 sophomore LP Free Spirit. Khalid has not yet shared a release date for his upcoming album.
Watch the “Present” visualizer above.