Frank Ocean has undoubtedly helped push the envelope forward in contemporary music. Last year he released Blonde, his much-awaited sophomore album after a long hiatus. The project was one of the highlights of 2016 and critics praised its nuanced approach to subjects like masculinity, gender fluidity and heartbreak. Now Ocean has followed up with “Chanel,” a syrupy, piano-bolstered single that explores the complexity of the artist’s interior thoughts and  relationships, all while throwing enough swagger and materialism on the track to appeal to less idiosyncratic audiences.

Ocean may be a talented songwriter with an ear for multi-layered, haunting melodies but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t collaborate with others. “Chanel” is one of those instances where another pair of ears (or two) proved to be a mighty resource.

Ocean called on the talents of Swedish production collective Jarami, whose past work has included Janet Jackson, AlunaGeorge and more. Recently, they’ve also worked with Kanye West collaborator Gizzle on a percussion-led track titled “Know No Better.”

We’re pretty excited about it and so are the guys…

Check out some of Jarami’s dedicated mixes above and also see why our editors think ‘Chanel’ is one of Frank Ocean’s most transgressive tracks to date. 

Words by Stephanie Smith-Strickland
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