What we know about Frank Ocean’s new album Endless
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Frank Ocean has ended the months of speculation, rumour and epic trolling by releasing a new visual album called Endless.

So what do we know about Endless?

  • It’s not Boys Don’t Cry, the rumoured follow-up to Channel Orange proper. Although the word is that this will follow swiftly, perhaps even this weekend. In a statement, Apple Music said fans should “keep an eye out this weekend for more from Frank”. But we’ve been here before, Frank Ocean fans.
  • Also, to confuse matters, that new album will no longer be called Boys Don’t Cry. This is all getting very Kanye.
  • It has some brilliant guests. There’s a cover of the Isley Brothers’ ‘At Your Best (You Are Love)’ featuring Mercury winning British producer James Blake, Radiohead guitarist/all-round genius Johnny Greenwood and the London Contemporary Orchestra. Venezuelan producer Arca is credited on ‘Mine’, and lo-fi pop musician Alex G is has multiple guitar credits – on ‘Wither’, ‘Slide On Me’, ‘Rushes’, and ‘Higgs’.
  • It’s only available on Apple Music. In the latest broadside in the platforms war, Ocean has sided with the Cupertino-based giant as opposed to Tidal or Spotify.
  • It’s accompanied by a 45-minute video of the artist working on a construction project. We won’t spoil it for you, but it’s not an IKEA wardrobe.

‘At Your Best’ was originally posted on Ocean’s Tumblr to mark the anniversary of the death of Aaliyah, who had also covered the song in 1991.

Here’s the full tracklist:

1 Device Control (written by Wolfgang Tillmans)
2 At Your Best (You Are Love) (The Isley Brothers Cover)
3 Alabama
4 Mine
5 U-N-I-T-Y
6 Ambience 001: “In a Certain Way”
7 Commes Des Garcons
8 Ambience 002: “Honeybaby”
9 Wither
10 Hublots
11 In Here Somewhere
12 Slide on Me
13 Sideways
14 Florida
15 Deathwish (ASR)
16 Rushes
17 Rushes To
18 Higgs

Endless – and presumably the “proper” album which follows – arrives a full three years after Frank Ocean’s new album was first announced.

Naturally, this delay has stretched the patience of even his most ardent fans.

So is all forgiven?

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