Frank Ocean released his wildly-celebrated debut studio album Channel Orange back in 2012, and since then —well— we’ve been waiting and waiting for his followup. In recent weeks/months, there has been much speculation surrounding Ocean’s anticipated sophomore album, which a number of artists have already heard, in turn revealing how impressive it is.

One such friend and collaborator, James Blake, has revealed to Rolling Stone that he is one of the few that have listened to the project, saying: “I was more of a fan of him when I heard his newer music. It’s better. You grow, you improve, you nail a new message to the board. He’s had time to mature. It’s really cool to watch.”

Blake and Ocean recently worked together on the English musician’s new The Colour In Anything album, as Frank has writing credits on a pair of tracks from the project.

James also went on to reveal to Rolling Stone that Frank “was a huge influence on the way I was writing the record, the way I was writing melodies.”

So while we all eagerly await the new album from Frank Ocean, we can find solace in the fact that virtually everyone who has heard it has suggested it is amazing.

For James Blake’s entire sit-down with Rolling Stone, follow here.

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