King Krule Says He Tried Writing Music For Frank Ocean: “I Don’t Think He Liked It”

The songwriter also discussed making beats for Earl Sweatshirt.

August 21, 2017

Pitchfork has previewed an upcoming interview with Archy Marshall a.k.a. King Krule, in which the London-based musician discusses working with Frank Ocean and Earl Sweatshirt.


Krule was brought on to collaborate with Ocean after he mentioned the 6 Feet Beneath the Moon artist during a 2013 interview on BBC Radio 1. Unfortunately, nothing came of it. “Frank was at my house, yeah,” Krule said. “His work rate’s crazy; he creates album after album. I don’t know what goes through his head. He’s a different kind of cat. He came down and he wanted me to do something for his record, but I don’t think he liked it.”

"Death Whistles," a song by Earl Sweatshirt, was produced by Krule as Edgar The Beatmaker during an extended stay at Krule's London apartment. “[Earl] lived in my house [in London] for four weeks... When they made “Death Whistles,' it was probably like 5 in the morning. And we made this beat, [which] basically came out of the fact that he was like, ‘This beat’s trash.’ And he slowed it down, super. And he was like, ‘This is some good shit.’ [laughs] I was like, ‘Aight.’”

Krule has been busy sending posters to fans, teasing a possible return with new music.