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Frank Ocean Records with Depeche Mode, Makes Progress on New Album


Frank Ocean has recorded a song with Depeche Mode's guitarist Martin Gore, the band's singer Dave Gahan tells Entertainment Weekly. Recently, Ocean and Depeche Mode were recording in the same New York studio. Ocean introduced himself via an assistant, then Ocean, Gore and Depeche Mode producer Christoffer Berg (who's also worked with The Knife and Fever Ray) ended up working a track, which Gahan thinks "is going to be part of [Ocean's] new record."

Earlier this week, Ocean spoke with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe about the progress he's made on his next LP. He says he's completed "10, 11 songs" for the Channel Orange sequel, which will be another "cohesive thing, bordering on a concept record," that he plans to record partially on an island. "At the end of Channel Orange, there's 'Golden Girl' and it's this beach scene," Ocean explained. "I kind of wanted to extend that feel into the next record altogether, kind of make it that theme. So I'm going to Bora Bora." Ocean told Lowe he's already spent time in the studio with Pharrell Williams, has plans for sessions with Danger Mouse and would like to collaborate with GEN F alum King Krule. He also claimed he's never watched a complete episode of Seinfeld, preferring instead the "very hedonistic" Game of Thrones.

Frank Ocean Records with Depeche Mode, Makes Progress on New Album