'I feel like Frank's working harder than he's ever worked in his life,' the producer adds
Frank Ocean‘s eagerly-anticipated new album is “maybe a month” away, producer Malay has said.
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 as-yet-untitled follow-up LP.
Asked by Pitchfork when fans should expect Ocean’s second album, Malay said: “I always tell people: When he’s ready, the world is gonna get it. It could be tomorrow… well not tomorrow but maybe a month.”
“We’ve all been working hard. He’s been working super hard. I feel like he’s working harder than he’s ever worked in his life,” Malay added. “I’m excited for everyone to hear it. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised, for sure.”
In late-February Ocean was reported to have debuted new music at a secret listening party. Snippets of tracks supposedly played by Ocean at the party were uploaded to Soundcloud, but quickly deleted.
In April 2015, Ocean posted a picture on his Tumblr, teasing what could have been a possible album release. “I got two versions. I got twoooo versions #ISSUE1 #ALBUM3 #JULY2015 #BOYSDONTCRY,” wrote Ocean, who sat with a stack of magazines titled Boys Don’t Cry in the picture, which you can view here.