I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think I’d be writing about new Frank Ocean music any time soon. But here we are. And we’re in for quite the treat. Frank’s new track “DHL” is a woozy, atmospheric look into the world of Frank Ocean in 2019. It’s been over a year since fans have heard from him musically, and now we have a better idea of where he’s at artistically.
In the context of his discography, “DHL” sounds closest to something that could have landed on Endless, but for the most part, is unlike anything Frank has made up until this point. Reverb and other effects grace Frank’s voice as he raps and riffs vocally for much of the track. The first part of the song creates an otherworldly atmosphere, featuring slicing synth leads that are toned down in the second half, making room for a more pronounced bass line in the instrumental. The last twenty seconds ditch the vocal effects and find Frank dropping some braggadocious bars to end the song on a high note.
The big takeaway from this track is the fact that Frank can reinvent himself with ease. Of course he reinvented himself with Blonde and Endless after Channel Orange, but this track sounds like it’s from a whole different universe within Frank’s discography. It’s unclear if this is part of an upcoming project or just a one-off single, but regardless, Frank continues to prove what makes him one of the best artists of our generation with every release.
This is a track you have to check out for yourself. Give “DHL” a listen on streaming services here and on YouTube down below!