Listen: Frank Ocean, Diplo, and members of The Clash team up for ‘Hero’
According to Rolling Stone, Diplo, Jones and Simonon recorded five tracks at Damon Albarn’s London studio over four days “dabbling in Eighties pop, meandering psychedelia and electronic fusion”. Frank Ocean then selected his favourite and added his vocals to the mix. The final track also features vocals by the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir. Listen to ‘Hero’ below.
“The Clash were always teachers to me, even before I shared a studio with Paul and Mick,” Diplo explains in a statement. “Their musical anarchy and constant attitude to disregard rules and forge their own path was inspirational to me. They meant death to genres, music and message above everything. Frank lives by the same creed in being married to his vision and seeing it through at any cost. We had to challenge each other to make something that we hope no one could expect.”
The single is the ninth instalment of Converse’s “Three Artists, One Song” series that has also featured collaborations between Gorillaz, James Murphy, and AndrÃ© 3000; Best Coast, Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, and Kid Cudi; Matt & Kim, Andrew W.K., and Soulja Boy; Julian Casablancas, Pharrell, and Santigold; and Hot Chip, Bernard Sumner, and Hot City.