Frank Ocean has seemingly recorded a new collaboration with Depeche Mode producer Martin Gore.
The world is full of unexpected surprises. This year alone has witnessed new material from Justin Timberlake, Destiny's Child, My Bloody Valentine and David Bowie so - to be frank - we refuse to count anything out.
But this piece of news still raised a few eyebrows. Seemingly working in the same studio complex, Frank Ocean has been working with Martin Gore - a mainstay of synth-pop overlords Depeche Mode.
Dave Gahan revealed the unexpected collaboration during a chat with Entertainment Weekly (via Pitchfork). "We were in the studio in New York, and we were filming and recording some live tracks toward the end of the session... 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,'" Gahan said. "I wouldn't have thought he would have even known who we are, but it turns out he's a big fan."
Continuing, the frontman said: "Martin and (Depeche Mode / 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."
As yet there's no word on a release date for that collaboration.
Here's Depeche Mode performing 'Heaven' live in the studio.