Frank Ocean collaborates with Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore: talks about new album

Frank says he has 10 or 11 songs ready to go for his new album

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Posted 20th February 2013 in News, Frank Ocean | By Clickmusic News Desk
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There's been some discussion about Frank Ocean over the past few months. From scuffles with Chris Brown to writing a novel, it looked like music was a distant thought in his mind. But it turns out that Frank's been working on material for his follow-up to 'Channel Orange'.

In an interview with BBC Radio, Frank admitted he had around 11 tracks ready for the album, including some collaborations with Pharrell Williams: "It’s another cohesive thing, bordering on a concept record again."

But that's not the only collaboration Frank's planning for his next album. Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan revealed exclusively to Entertainment Weekly that one of their members has worked with the 'Thinking of You' singer.

"We were in the studio in New York, and we were filming and recording some live tracks toward the end of the session. I was singing, Martin [Gore] on guitar, a few of the other guys,” Gahan said.

"Suddenly, in the doorway, I sensed this presence and I realised there was this guy standing there just watching. An assistant came up to me in between songs and said, ‘Do you mind? Frank Ocean is here working in another studio and really wants to meet you guys.’

"I wouldn’t have thought he would have even known who we are, but it turns out he’s a big fan."

"Martin and [The Knife producer and Delta Machine collaborator] Christoffer Berg ended up doing a track with him, which I think is going to be part of his new record. Martin did some electronics and some modular synthesizer stuff he really wanted.”

Who would you like to see Frank collaborate with on his next album? Could a duet with Chris Brown be on the cards? Maybe not.