His best friends barely know his whereabouts, and it’s anyone’s guess as to when Frank Ocean’s second album will finally land.
But collaborator James Blake says he’s been witness a “better”, more “mature” follow-up to ‘Channel Orange’, a record once feted for July 2015 release that’s yet to see the light of day.
Ocean and Blake collaborate on ‘My Willing Heart’, a track on the latter’s new album ‘The Colour in Anything’.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Blake cheekily says he’s more a fan of Ocean’s “newer music” than his last full-length. “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.”
Addressing his new record, Blake says it marks a turning point in his self-belief. “”I look back on it and I think that this album has shown me how strong I actually am. I think that feeling of uplift is bubbling and wants to come back.”
At the time of writing the record, he says he felt like he “lived a double life,” elaborating: “Me doing festivals, me being on TV, meeting Pharrell, and then me with my old-school friends: the person that was prone to getting into a rut, the person that could easily switch off and just not see anyone for ages.”
James Blake plays summer shows at Field Day (11th-12th June) and Glastonbury Festival (22nd-26th June).