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​frank ocean records at abbey road

The singer follows in the footsteps of The Beatles, recording his new album in the iconic studios.

Stuart Brumfitt

London's studios don't get much more legendary than Abbey Road, where The Beatles and Pink Floyd recorded albums and the film scores to Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings trilogy were made. Now we can add Frank Ocean to the list, as he's reportedly been making upcoming album Boys Don't Cry at the St John's Wood space. French pianist Christophe Chassol, who's been collaborating with the singer, was interviewed by Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6 and as well as revealing that Rick Rubin was involved, he explained Frank's recording process:

"Ocean invited me to Abbey Road to record on his album. I asked him when I came, 'how he heard about me?' He told me his friend Diplo was listening a lot to [Chassol's 2013 album] Indiamore…The guy [Ocean] is smart. He's really smart. The way he works in the studio is really cool. He has a printer, he has a lot of pictures of architecture, contemporary art, a lot of pictures of different kinds of things. So we start to work on a track and he says, this track is this - that car that you can see. He makes me work on a song, and I'm like, 'Oh this sounds like Pino Donaggio's score for Blow Out, by Brian Depalma'. I start to work on a song and five minutes later on the pro-tools screen you have the movie, the score, stretched to fit the song - just to try. I've never worked with that much money in music. It's good sometimes to have money, because you can try things."

Boys Don't Cry is expected in July.