Frank Ocean Drops Gauzy New Work, 'Chanel'
During his Blonded radio show on Apple's digital radio stream last night, Frank Ocean dropped his first new music since the release of Blonde last August with the gauzy, contemplative "Chanel."
An hour of "Chanel."
In the song, Ocean jumps off on the Janus-like logo of the titular French fashion house — "See on both sides like Chanel" — weaving between velvety elegance and a sound like scuffed shoes on ragged concrete.
Across an hour of his show, Ocean played several alternate versions of "Chanel," including a slightly chopped-and-screwed take with a guest appearance from the always-narcotized A$AP Rocky, calling to mind Kanye West's The Life of Pablo, which West pruned and shifted behind the scenes well after its release.
Regardless of new music from the mercurial star, Ocean's Beats1 radio show is a fantastic listen.