Frank Ocean‘s producer Malay has responded to fan frustration over the delay of the R&B performer’s much anticipated new album.
Malay – real name James Ho – worked closely with Ocean on the singer’s hugely acclaimed 2012 debut ‘Channel Orange’, co-producing nine of its 17 tracks. He has also been working with Ocean on his second LP ‘Boys Don’t Cry’.
‘Boys Don’t Cry’ was initially expected to be released in July 2015 and then July of this year. The last due date to be touted was August 5, but again the record failed to materialise.
Responding to a fan’s question in a Reddit AMA, Malay said: “First of all we all massively appreciate and love you guys, Frank has told me this himself many times.”
“To be fair [though], art cannot be rushed,” he added. “It’s about making sure the perfect aesthetic for the situation has been reached, to do that, takes constant tweaking, trial and error… That goes for any creative [situation]”.
Quizzed over whether Ocean’s album was ever likely to be released on August 5, Malay replied: “Never heard of an actual date… Then again I don’t pay attention to a lot of stuff”.
He also described Ocean’s work ethic as “very focused and persistent… Yet very free”.
Over the weekend, Apple representatives were allegedly telling fans Ocean’s new album will be released in the next 24 to 72 hours.
Meanwhile, Ocean’s debut album ‘Channel Orange’ has re-entered the US charts. Following the no-show of its follow-up, the record has seen a 40 percent spike in sales and is now at number 146 on the Billboard 200. It is the first time it has appeared in the charts since May 2013.