Depeche Mode vocalist Dave Gahan has told Entertainment Weekly that the band recently crossed paths with Frank Ocean. As Gahan explained, the chance meeting led to Ocean working with Depeche Mode member Martin Gore on a new track that Gahan suspects will turn up on Ocean’s new album:
“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. 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 [The Knife producer] 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.”
Ocean is well into making his new record, having recently told BBC’s Zane Lowe that he already has 10 or 11 tracks in the works for the follow-up the Grammy award winning CHANNEL Orange. For this second solo effort, Ocean has confirmed he once again paired up with producer Pharrell Williams and floated the possibility of working with Danger Mouse.