August 23, 2016
The techno track on Frank Ocean’s new album.
Frank Ocean’s new visual album Endless – which dropped last week ahead of his other new album Blond – is bookended with a bizarre techno jam about cell phones. That track is the work of fine-art photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, from his upcoming EP Device Control.
Tillmans explained Pitchfork that the two were brought together on a magazine photo shoot, which Ocean kept cancelling.
“I had given up hope and said I had to go to Berlin next day,” the musician said. “He said he would prefer to do it there. I didn’t think he meant it, but two days later he showed up at my Berlin studio, having driven 12 hours through the night from London.”
In Berlin, Frank Ocean had asked about going to Berghain, but it was closed that day. Ocean came back to the city two days later solely to go to the club with Tillmans, which they did.
Device Control drops on vinyl via Fragile on September 16.
Enormously proud and happy that Frank Ocean did include my (yet unreleased) track ‘Device Control’ as intro and as a full length ending of his ‘Endless’ album! We were in touch about the intro, but I wouldn’t believe it until it happened. Three weeks ago I showed him a few songs, which I had written and produced for myself, and he replied 'Device Control is brilliant. Love. Can I sample it for the intro of my album?' I agreed and to my excited surprise this morning he didn't just sample it. He released my complete original track as the end of this amazing album. So now it's out – and in full length.. Below are the complete production credits. Thank you everyone involved! The song is on the forthcoming Wolfgang Tillmans ‘Device Control EP’ (Digital release date tomorrow) featuring also two addictive remixes by Berlin’s Daniel Wang & J.E.E.P. and one by US legends Salem, all of ‘Make It Up As You Go Along’ (The original is out now on vinyl and digital and Spotify – 'Wolfgang Tillmans') and a new vocal piece of mine in two versions called ‘Angered Son’. We will release the new EP digitally in the very next few days. Vinyl release will be Sept 16 as originally planned. Fragile003 on Fragile. Distributed worldwide by WordandSound. Wolfgang Tillmans – 'Device Control' Vocals, lyrics, melody by Wolfgang Tillmans Keyboards, harmonies, arrangement and drum programming by Tim Knapp at Trixx Studios, Berlin Intro: all instruments and production by Kyle Combs, New York Live drums by Rosie Slater recorded at Studio G, Brooklyn Additonal arrangement by Kyle Combs, Jay Pluck and Wolfgang Tillmans iPhone voice recording at Keithstrasse, Berlin and book binding machinery recording at Grafica Maiaduoro, Porto by Wolfgang Tillmans Mixed by Alexis Berthelot at Studio G, Brooklyn Mastered by Klaus Knapp at Trixx Studios, Berlin Written and produced by Wolfgang Tillmans, 2016 #frankocean #devicecontrol #timknapp #kylecombs #alexisberthelot #rosieslater #klausknapp #danielwang #salem #j.e.e.p. #jaypluck #wolfgangtillmans #makeitupasyougoalong #angeredson #betweenbridges #endless #blonde #boysdon'tcry #fantasticman #fragile #fragilelabel #fragile003