Frank Ocean has been swirling in our heads and hearts something heavy since about 1AM this morning, when we saw sir Frank tweet the Tumblr link to his full album stream. Shortly thereafter, he made his TV debut on Jimmy Fallon and announced the one week early iTunes release of Channel Orange. You know we headed straight to iTunes and then took to the social networks to gush about his mystical songwriting prowess and stylistic brilliance.
Firstly, we're thrilled about not having to manually click on "play" at Soundcloud eleventy-billion times to obsessively loop "Sweet Life." And then there are the other glorious singles like "Thinkin Bout You" and "Pyramids" right at our fingertips along with a new assortment of Frank's characteristically honest music. Aside from the singles to date, "Crack Rock" and "Pink Matter" are definitely our favorite new tracks, with "Lost," "Monks," and "Bad Religion" being other standouts. Naturally, each listen takes us a little deeper.
Below, view Frank's performance of the heart wrenching "Bad Religion" - given its relevance to his recent personal disclosures, it was nothing short of teary eyes over here. Heavy. Stream the full album on Frank's Tumblr page.
Purchase Channel Orange on iTunes
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Twirling about we are to this new "DoYaThing" tune by the Gorillaz featuring Andre 3000 and James Murphy. Always a treat to hear from these folks - you can't help but smile! Super fresh animation, too.
Our girl Siaira Shawn has the sweetest voice. Here, she is performing the popular cover for Andre 3000's "Prototype," and yet still bringing something you've never quite heard before. The lady is a gem - her voice is like a blend of 90's classic R&B mixed with underground neo-soul in its heyday.
Don't forget to check out her "Icarus" single that dropped earlier this month.
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Aye! It's Wayne Brady. Llyod dedicates a curious song to his ex along with the fine Andre 3000. Aptly called, "Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)," the video features a retro garage jam with a dominatrix looking leading lady. Juxtaposing the lyrics with the visuals is amusement enough. Well done.
The song comes from his King of Hearts album that dropped earlier this year.