Odd Future’s Frank Ocean, you’ll remember, has been signed to Island Def Jam since 2009. After growing increasingly frustrated by how long they were taking to get his album out, Ocean posted Nostalgia, Ultra to his Tumblr and watched the “Like” count soar. Def Jam was watching too, apparently, because this summer they are giving Ocean the record release he has so earned.
Last night, Ocean previewed his major label debut Channel Orange, out officially July 17, for a lucky few journalists at KMA Studios in New York. And from the sounds of it, with amped up production and stronger songwriting, as well as all-star guest spots from fell Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt and Outkast’s Andre 3000, this second round will be even better than the last.
Orange, according to reports, borrows several previously-heard tracks, including album opener “Thinking About You,” “Forrest Gump,” “Pyramids,” and “Super Rich Kids.” From there, according to Pitchfork, it is “left turn after left turn.”
There is a politically charged track and a rock ballad; and songs that recall everyone from Sly Stone to D’Angelo to Marvin Gaye to The Roots. TheBoomBox praises Ocean’s “vivid” tale-telling, which includes stories of “love, alienation, drug use, religion and philosophy.”
And perhaps most notably, there is a song called “Pleasure” that features two (!) Andre 3000 verses, a huge score for an Internet raised artist like Ocean. For that alone we are excited.
First Listen: Frank Ocean Previews ‘Channel Orange’ Album in NYC [Billboard]
Frank Ocean Previews ‘Channel Orange’ Album, Reveals Andre 3000 Feature [TheBoomBox]
Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange Album Details: Andre 3000, Genre-Hopping, and More [Pitchfork]