Non-release roundup: Frank Ocean, Daft Punk albums not yet due

By | Published on Tuesday 20 March 2012

Daft Punk

Daft Punk form the first subject of today’s two-part ‘non-release’ news summary, they having told Pitchfork in no uncertain terms that they won’t be releasing an album in June.

The duo were responding to rumours that began when 71 year old songwriter Paul Williams said at a SxSW screening of his new documentary ‘Paul Williams: Still Alive’ that he had created “a couple of tunes for the [new Daft Punk] LP”, adding: “I should basically not be talking about it at all. They want a press blackout on the album until it’s out”.

Williams mentioned June as the earliest possible release date for the untitled record, which is also believed to feature Nile Rodgers of 70s disco troupe Chic. But Daft Punk would like everyone to know that a June release is not happening. Repeat not happening. So July then?

Also on the topic of music types not releasing things, Odd Future’s Frank Ocean has announced that he won’t, in fact, be releasing an official version of his ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’ mix tape suite. Ever. There had been speculation that Ocean’s new label Def Jam might issue a retitled edition, ‘Nostalgia, Lite’, commercially at some point following the original mixtape’s digital release last February. But, no.

A message on Ocean’s Tumblr reads: “‘Nostalgia, Lite’ is never coming out. Hahaha. What I look like a year later re-releasing my last album? Not icey. Bitch I’m icey”.

The R&B singer, whose well-chilled solo track ‘White’ appears on Odd Future’s new ensemble compilation ‘OF Tape Vol 2’, is expected to release his debut album proper this year though. Perhaps in June.