Nearly a month ago, American singer/songwriter Frank Ocean revealed plans to incorporate classic dance music styles like house and techno into his upcoming songs. This weekend, French duo Justice debuted a remix of one of them at his PrEP+ event, and Boys Noize also made it known that he's one of Ocean's collaborators.
The German DJ/producer took to Twitter to reveal that he and Ocean had started "DHL" song together in Berlin. The song's slowed-down Amen break and lush atmospheres are a far cry from typical Boys Noize (real name Alexander Ridha) fare. Although he's known for his glitchy style of techno, such influences are sub perceptual in the single.
Originally a ghost writer for Los Angeles hip-hop collective Odd Future, Ocean delivered his solo debut album in the form of 2011's Nostalgia, Ultra. He followed it up with Blonde in 2016, a release mired with controversy after disputes with Def Jam delayed its release.
By comparison, Ridha's career extends back much further. His first EP, The Bomb / Boy Neu, came out on International Deejay Gigolo Records in 2004. In the contemporary EDM space, he is perhaps best known for his work alongside Skrillex as one half of Dog Blood.
Ocean has yet to announce whether any other dance music acts have collaborated with him on upcoming music.