Geek Approved New Music – Angel Haze & Frank Ocean

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Two of the most hyped artists of 2012, Frank Ocean and Angel Haze, dropped new releases today. Usually artists can’t quite meet the lofty hype of tastemaker Web sites and bloggers, but each of these artists shattered expectations.

Angel Haze
Reservation EP
True Panther

It’s lofty (and unrealistic) to call someone the next Lauryn Hill, but of the new crop of female rappers rocking the blogs, Angel Haze comes closest to approaching Hill’s talent and creativity level. Reservation cracks on various levels: the confessional, the personal and the boastful. And it’s free:

Frank Ocean
Channel Orange
Def Jam

Already an early contender for album of the year for all of the major music magazines, Channel Orange deserves all of the accolades it’s receiving. Ocean, who wallowed in major label purgatory for years until hooking up with L.A. punk rap upstarts Odd Future, contemporizes soul music and brings the idea of Motown back to life. But there’s also a contemporary smirk to Ocean, who’s not afraid to get down and dirty. Check out the single “Pyramids” here:

Other releases of note: Andrew W.K.’s I Get Wet reissue and Baroness’s Yellow & Green.

Each week music editor Jeremiah Griffey handpicks a few “Geek Approved” releases to highlight.

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