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Hudson Mohawke Made Some Music with Frank Ocean and You'll Probably Never Hear It

Meanwhile, the wait for Ocean's long-awaited album drags on.

by Krystal Rodriguez
Aug 11 2016, 10:00pm

Hudson Mohawke courtesy of artists. James Blake photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Update [August 12, 11:30 AM PST]: James Blake has responded to Hudson Mohawke's claims that the two worked on demos together. "As talented as I think he is, I've never worked with Hudson Mohawke and don't know what he's talking about," Blake tweeted, adding, "I'm respectfully baffled."

While Frank Ocean fans are still waiting for his second album, Boys Don't Cry, Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke has offered a microscopic glint of hope to those wanting to hear any sort of new material from the reclusive artist.

Responding earlier today to Twitter user DDoering23, who really wants a Mohawke and James Blake collaboration to happen, HudMo wrote that the two actually "demo'd a few," slipping in that he'd also recorded with Ocean, "but I can't get into anymore trouble for leaks." Any anticipation was quickly shot down when he added, "None of this music is confirmed as ever seeing the light of day n im not gona leak anything [sic]."

Mohawke has become a go-to producer for artists outside the dance space. After breaking through the Top 40 radio barrier with Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz's 2012 hit "Mercy," he has continued to collaborate with West—resulting in his signing to West's G.O.O.D. Music label—in addition to making beats for artists such as Drake, Lil Wayne, Pusha T, and A$AP Rocky. Most recently, he was a co-producer of ANOHNI's album Hopelessness.

Blake recently released his third studio album, The Color in Anything, which he originally stated would feature Kanye West and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, though only the latter made the final cut. However, the album does include songwriting contribution from Ocean.

Meanwhile, the wait for Boys Don't Cry drags on. Someone's even created an app that will text users when—if—it drops.