Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of Frank Ocean's 'Blond'

Five years after his ground-breaking debut album Channel Orange, Frank Ocean introduced his long awaiting fans to Blond.


Working with artists and producers including Malay, Om’Mas Keith, Pharrell Williams, Beyoncé, James Blake & Kanye West, and with writing credits from John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Jonny Greenwood, the album was part-recorded across several months of work in Studio Three and the Penthouse at Abbey Road, assisted by former Abbey Road assistant engineer Matt Mysko.

 
Frank Ocean at Abbey Road
Former Abbey Road Assistant Engineer Matt Mysko
 
Talking with NME, Matt said “During my time working with Frank it felt to me like we had embarked on a journey to find another world. […] The path he chose was anything but linear and we travelled down routes to the furthest extremities imaginable. No rules applied and dimensions were explored that ended up bearing no relation to the eventuality. Somehow, at the end of it all, it feels to me like the planet he found is much like our own, it feels familiar and is full of beauty but contains wonders never seen or experienced by anyone before.

Featuring stand-out tracks such as Nikes, White Ferrari and Pink + White, the critically acclaimed album reached number one in both the UK and USA, as well as several other countries across the world.

Listen back to the album below:

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