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Listen: Frank Ocean, ‘Sweet Life’

“Sweet Life” by Frank Ocean
Genre: R&B
“Sweet Life” sounds like: a Bobby Caldwell or George Benson instrumental put over a hip-hop beat with smooth (but not cheesy) Stevie Wonder-like R&B vocals
Worth checking out: the entirety of Ocean’s mixtape, nostalgia, ULTRA. (free download)
The ideal setting to play “Sweet Life”: Blasting from your portable iPod speakers as you lay poolside and sip a drink in the hot sun with your friends.

Frank Ocean. I love Frank Ocean. His mixtape nostalgia, ULTRA. became a kind of internet sensation, initially because of his crew Odd Future’s sudden rise to fame. People immediately realized after downloading the mixtape that Ocean was more than an attachment to the rap collective – he was offering quality R&B music. Currently he may be best known to you as the guy who sings the chorus on Kanye and Jay-Z’s “No Church in the Wild.” Ocean has also been making the headlines with his recent acknowledgment of his sexual orientation (it should be noted that his sexual orientation shouldn’t matter, but that’s society for ya).

Today he posted “Sweet Life,” a track that will be on his first studio album Channel Orange, for everyone’s eager ears. “Sweet Life” has a classic R&B sound and a lazy, laid-back summer vibe. Ocean takes this opportunity to show off his vocal range and storyteller lyrics. Channel Orange is set be released on July 17.

Listen and download the track for free after the jump:

Download here.

About Camille G.

Camille's passion for music began at the advent of the very illegal Napster, which she maaay or may not have used at the time. This interest made a natural progression into learning and teaching herself how to play various instruments for fun. Due to a lack of actual talent and the desire for job predictability, she graduated from Seton Hall University in nursing. When she has time off from her job as a registered nurse in NJ, she enjoys digging through the internet for new things to listen to. Sharing her discoveries and favorite songs with friends through mix CDs, playlists, blogs, and parties is the part of the music experience she enjoys the most, so this is a great opportunity for her to do just that.

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