Frank Ocean - Nostalgia/Ultra

Frank Ocean – Nostalgia,Ultra

If a rolling stone gathers no moss, then metaphorically speaking, Odd Future – OFWGKTA – is as clean as a whistle. The collective is rapidly becoming the name on everyone’s lips, and with good reason, but that hasn’t altered their grassroots approach to releasing music. The latest free release is Frank Ocean’s Nostalgia,Ultra LP, a departure from much of the existing output in that Ocean is a vocalist rather than emcee, and the LP deals in a somewhat softer sound, too.

Musiq (Soulchild) quality harmonies with contemporary soul and R&B styled runs, stylised auto tune and frank, meaningful, and explicit song writing.

There’s a great diversity to the track listing, with a mixture of original productions and re-appropriated tracks from everyone from Mr Hudson and MGMT to The Eagles… and even Coldplay.

Frank Ocean’s soulful vocal combines some Musiq (Soulchild) quality harmonies with contemporary soul and R&B styled runs, stylised auto tune and frank, meaningful, and explicit song writing. The most auto tuned and poppiest runs and riffs are mitigated by the breadth of material and the uncompromising song writing, and of course, co-signed by Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, as well as the nods to the nostalgia in the title; the sound of tape players rewinding and button clicking and classic video game named interludes elicit fond memories… and maybe even a sense of melancholy.

You can download the LP from the OFWGKTA tumblr blog or by clicking here

Nature Feels by Frank Ocean

Tyler the Creator - Yonkers

Tyler the Creator – Yonkers

The Odd Future Collective has been a maelstrom of creation over the past 18 months, with an astounding work rate of in house production, video, artwork, and of course rap. Tyler the Creator is the figurehead of the Wolf Gang, and his first album Bastard from last year was one of the most original pieces of work I have heard in years, with spacy, dreamlike production and eloquent yet often nightmarish subject matter. His follow up LP Goblin is due out soon – soon enough for the lead single to have been released today.

a ferocious drum loop with an off centre snare, the production more stripped back than Bastard but with just as much depth

Yonkers is driven by a ferocious drum loop with an off centre snare, the production more stripped back than Bastard but with just as much depth, as Tyler streams his irreverent narrative with an irreproachable flow. At the same time, the video is sinister, minimal, and with just enough special effects to allow a suspension of disbelief, a little unnerving.

Goblin is out soon, and you can get over to the Odd Future website which still links to the OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolfgang Kill Them All) blog which is regularly updated with free music and video from the world of Odd Future.

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