Frank Ocean was recently over in London performing live, standing alone on stage with just a backing track and his flirty croon, looking suave in a three-piece suit and the very same headband he wore on the cover of our magazine. Ocean is clearly best when uncrowded, just him in that headband, closing his eyes when he hits hard notes. One of England's top producers, SBTRKT, either saw one of his London shows or just knows intrinsically not to fuck with that voice too much. On this remix, he actually un-focuses the instrumental track, makes it blurry so that Ocean's voice crystallizes on top.
Photographer RJ Shaughnessy