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The Rewind Recommends: On 'DHL', Frank Ocean Is Back With A Darker Sound And We're Feeling It

The Rewind Recommends: On 'DHL', Frank Ocean Is Back With A Darker Sound And We're Feeling It

Frank Ocean, often cited as one of the world's most secretive acts, has had an eventful couple of weeks.

The Odd Future alumni started his new club night 'PrEP+', a party which pays homage to the New York club scene of the 1980s. The night itself takes its title from the HIV-prevention drug of the same name. Furthermore, the singer also released a bounce remix of his song 'Nights'.

However, it was on his Beats 1 show 'blonded' where Ocean dropped his new song 'DHL', the title an ode to the international logistics company. In fact, this titular ode goes deeper. In a GQ cover story, Ocean expanded on his love of receiving packages.

I feel very blessed, grateful, and excited, happy chemicals rushing through my veins, when I walk into my apartment and I’ve got FedEx, DHL, UPS boxes, Worldnet boxes. As simple as that is. My box cutter is greasy from all the tape.

Thus, Ocean named his return to recording after DHL. The song itself is murkier and darker than Ocean's previous releases, with production handled by German house DJ Boys Noize.

There's a down-tempo ambience to the track, with dubbing on show throughout. The lyrics fuse into the production, with the theme of the song seemingly revolving around drug use.


Just got a pack, came from the DHL / Just got up with a pack / Got out a pack, came from DHL / Just had got off like a bail / Got out a pack / New ones in my jail / Just got out, found a pack / I got a pack

The artwork of 'DHL' seems to showcase that the song is fourth in the sequence of thirteen silhouettes at the bottom. These could potentially mean that an album is on the way. However, as it is Frank Ocean, you can never be certain of anything.

You can listen to 'DHL' below.

Sean Meehan

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