"I've just started to work with Adele," he told Inside South Florida. "I wasn't actually too aware…I live in a cave, but she's achieved an incredible amount. I really love her voice. I love some of this stuff she's done, too."
It wasn't clear if the new material had anything to do with a long-awaited followup to Adele's Grammy-winning "21."
The move is perhaps a surprising one for Collins, who hasn't toured since 2007 in a reunion with Genesis. Nerve damage he sustained after the tour made it difficult for him to play the drums.
"I don't want to get caught up in that rock & roll promotion thing," he said in 2012. "And I have young children, so I don't feel the drive to go out there and compete."
Collins' last album was in 2010, a Motown covers album called "Going Back."
[Inside South Florida]
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