February 22, 2013


Random Meeting Leads to Frank Ocean/Depeche Mode Collaboration

Mark Davis
Mark Davis

News about Frank Ocean's follow-up to last year's Channel Orange is slowly leaking. Last week, Ocean said he was "10, 11 songs" into his next LP, which he described as "another cohesive thing, bordering on a concept record again.” 

Now, Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan told Entertainment Weekly that Ocean, who happened to be recording in the same studio complex, worked on a track with Depeche guitarist Martin Gore.

"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 realized 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."

How big?

“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," said Gahan. "Martin did some electronics and some modular synthesizer stuff he really wanted.”

While Depeche Mode will almost certainly drop their album first—their new album Delta Machine is out March 26—we're now even more amped to hear Ocean's Orange follow-up. To the studio, Frank, post-haste.