Frank Ocean producer talks about plans for ‘Channel Orange’ follow-up

'We're about to get back to work again' says Om'Mas Keith

Frank Ocean is ready to “get back to work again” on a follow-up to his ‘Channel Orange’ album, according to one of his producers.

Om’Mas Keith was involved in the studio on Ocean’s 2012 studio LP and, in an interview with Billboard, revealed that the singer had already begun speaking about the next record.

With Ocean recently telling the New York Times that he wants to “write in remote locations for the next two years” and is also planning on writing a book, Keith said: “He came over to the studio and said we’re about to get back to work again. So it’s just that creative talk, where we know we’re about to get back into the studio soon. I’m just not sure when.”

He added of Ocean: “He’s better off now than he was a year ago creatively, harmonically, sonically and musically. We haven’t been immersed like that since we stopped working on the album, but I know that Frank is on a continual quest for knowledge. He doesn’t stop on the knowledge tip.”

Released last year, ‘Channel Orange’ garnered widespread critical acclaim and topped 2012’s ‘Best of’ album lists. HMV’s Poll of Polls used the results from NME’s Best Album of 2012 list alongside data from other publications, including The Guardian, The Times, BBC, Mojo, Music Week, the Evening Standard, Rolling Stone and more, to come up with the ultimate ‘Best of’ list for the year.

Of Ocean’s chart-topping appearance, HMV music manager John Hirst said: “It’s no surprise that Frank Ocean has come so high up in many critics’ top tens – he’s hugely talented and his name’s been on a lot of people’s lips for a few years now.”

Earlier this month, Ocean was involved in an altercation with fellow singer Chris Brown. He told police that Brown punched him in the face after he told him he had taken his parking space at a Los Angeles recording studio last week, and also said that he was called a ‘faggot’ during the brawl – although he was unsure who yelled the homophobic slur.

Brown and Ocean will compete against each other for the best urban contemporary album award at tomorrow’s Grammys (February 10) in Los Angeles.