The star’s Christmas special of the ad hoc programme aired yesterday (December 25) and featured Ocean speaking with Wim “The Iceman” Hof, a Dutch motivational speaker and athlete.
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“Me and @iceman_hof had a conversation some time ago when I was in the earlier stages of grief and I remember marbling afterwards at how his energy blasted through the phone,” Ocean wrote on his Instagram Story. “So much vim in this Wim. We spoke for a while about his work, the purpose of grief and how going into the cold water changed his life.
“It reminded me of conversations in the studio with players I know. Freewheeling, psychedelic, emotionally charged, intelligent and generous. I enjoyed listening to him, so in this edit I just let him speak interrupted. Me, @coryhenry and @dylanpatricewiggins played some sounds underneath to heighten the feeling.”
Ocean added that the new song, which appears to be untitled, was recorded in a single take with Cory Henry in summer 2020. It also included some new additions that the musician had added to it “more recently”. “Felt like it fit the wabi-sabi of Wim’s words,” he explained. “Merry Xmas everyone.”
The song, which played at the end of the radio episode, features the musician rapping over a sparse piano accompaniment. “I could be great, I’m on my way / If I wanna escape, I can escape,” Ocean can be heard saying at one point. Listen to it above and tune into the full Blonded Radio episode here.
Meanwhile, Jay-Z recently shared some praise for Ocean, calling his output “some of the best music that we’ve ever heard”. The rapper was taking part in a Twitter Space hosted by Alicia Keys last week when he started discussing the musician.
“Now obviously, you know, he’s super popular, but I wouldn’t say that he’s playing by what were the industry rules,” Jay-Z said. “He’s playing by his own set of rules – he’s making music that he wants to make, and it doesn’t fit a format. He doesn’t have songs on there that fit pop radio or that make it [to] a billion streams; he just has music that’s better than everyone else. And that’s what has to be the goal going forwards.”