On the Record: Frank Ocean, Aesop Rock, Dusted, & More

By Bill Chenevert
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Frank Ocean

channel ORANGE

(Def Jam)

Sounds Like: One of the most satisfying R&B releases of the year and a welcome debut from a talent with the courage to write powerful songs about same-sex love.

Free Association: He took the promise of Nostalgia, ULTRA and knocked it outta the park.

For Fans Of: Michael Jackson, Earl Sweatshirt/Andre 3000.


Twin Shadow


(4AD Records)

Sounds Like: The sophomore LP from this George Lewis Jr. and Prince lookalike is a synth-heavy and ’80s-worshipping set of shiny, bright songs on love, lust and yearning.

Free Association: He even wears cut-off leather gloves, vests and quirky top hats!

For Fans Of: Peter Gabriel x M83, Neon Indian + the Cure/the Smiths, chillwave.


Aesop Rock



Sounds Like: The hard-hitting return of the Long Island, N.Y.-born emcee after five years of silence, a divorce and a label fight. He’s back—and sicker than ever.

Free Association: A heady mix of sick beats, wicked flow and dense lyricism.

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