James Blake On Frank Ocean’s New Music: “It’s Better…He’s Had Time To Mature”

U.K. musician says The Colour In Anything was inspired by his collabo’ator's new music.

Frank Ocean's fingerprints are all over James Blake's new album The Colour In Anything: he's credited on two tracks, including "My Willing Heart," and Blake has said in a new interview that other parts of the record were inspired by Ocean's next album.

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"His music was a huge influence on the way I was writing the record, the way I was writing melodies," Blake told Rolling Stone. "I was more of a fan of him when I heard his newer music." Elaborating on the follow up to 2012 album Channel Orange, Blake added: "It's better. You grow, you improve, you nail a new message to the board. He's had time to mature. It's really cool to watch."

The U.K. musician also said he's "happy in the studio talking to other people," but joked that he's "not gonna go full Diplo and have a beat farm."

Revisit our piece on James Blake's The Colour In Anything, an album that shows an artist at his most unfashionably sincere, and his best.


James Blake On Frank Ocean’s New Music: “It’s Better…He’s Had Time To Mature”