While the entire planet was anticipating the new Frank Ocean Boys Don’t Cry album, the artist instead went ahead and released his visual album Endless last week. Best known for his R&B sound, it came with quite a bit of a surprise that the album ended with a seven-minute-long techno track. Today we can tell you a bit more on how that came to be.

It turns out that the track is called “Device Control” and is one of the unreleased tracks of German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. The two met awhile ago, mainly for a photoshoot of Frank Ocean, who wanted to use the images for his new album and as a result Ocean got interested in Tillmans’ music as well. The two ended up meeting again in Berlin, where Ocean insisted he wanted to head to techno temple Berghain with Tillmans. Ocean also went ahead and right away expressed interest in the Tillmans track and told him he wanted to use it on his new album. As it turns out, he actually used the full seven-minute track as the ending of Endless. You can read the full story here below in a post by Wolfgang Tillmans.

A bit more info: Enormously proud and happy that Frank Ocean did include my (yet unreleased) track ‘Device Control’ as intro and as a full length ending of his ‘Endless’ album! We were in touch about the intro, but I wouldn’t believe it until it happened. Three weeks ago I showed him a few songs, which I had written and produced for myself earlier in the year, and he replied 'Device Control is brilliant. Love. Can I sample it for the intro of my album?’ I agreed to it, and to my excited surprise this morning he didn't just sample it. He released my complete original track as the end of this amazing album. So now it's out – and in full length.. Below are the complete production credits. Thank you everyone involved! The song is on the forthcoming Wolfgang Tillmans ‘Device Control EP’ (Digital release date tomorrow) featuring also two addictive remixes by Berlin’s Daniel Wang & J.E.E.P. and one by US legends Salem, all of ‘Make It Up As You Go Along’ (The original is out now on vinyl and digital and Spotify – 'Wolfgang Tillmans') and a new vocal piece of mine in two versions called ‘Angered Son’. We will release the new EP digitally in the very next few days. Vinyl release will be Sept 16 as originally planned. Fragile003 on Fragile. Distributed worldwide by WordandSound. Wolfgang Tillmans – 'Device Control' Vocals, lyrics, melody by Wolfgang Tillmans Keyboards, harmonies, arrangement and drum programming by Tim Knapp at Trixx Studios, Berlin Intro: all instruments and production by Kyle Combs, New York Live drums by Rosie Slater recorded at Studio G, Brooklyn Additonal arrangement by Kyle Combs, Jay Pluck and Wolfgang Tillmans iPhone voice recording at Keithstrasse, Berlin and book binding machinery recording at Grafica Maiaduoro, Porto by Wolfgang Tillmans Mixed by Alexis Berthelot at Studio G, Brooklyn Mastered by Klaus Knapp at Trixx Studios, Berlin Written and produced by Wolfgang Tillmans, 2016 #frankocean #devicecontrol #timknapp #kylecombs #alexisberthelot #rosieslater #klausknapp #danielwang #salem #j.e.e.p. #jaypluck #wolfgangtillmans #betweenbridges #endless #blonde #boysdon'tcry #fantasticman #fragile #fragilelabel #fragile003

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