Word of an unlikely collaboration leaks.
Earlier this week, the press-shy singer told Zane Lowe that he is “10, 11 songs into this next thing… It’s another cohesive thing, bordering on a concept record again.” Ocean is once again in the studio with Pharrell Williams and has plans to work with Danger Mouse, but this latest collaboration comes out of left field.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan reveals how Frank Ocean and his band crossed paths.
“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.”
“Martin and 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.” Berg contributed to Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine and is known for his work with The Knife, Fever Ray, and Plannintorock.