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Frank Ocean croons Moon River and Stax Records releases another classic box set

Singer Frank Ocean  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Singer Frank Ocean (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Oliver Wang joins us for our weekly segment on new music, introducing us to some of his favorite new tracks.

Frank Ocean

Album: NA

Song: Moon River

Recently Frank Ocean did the most Frank Ocean thing. He dropped another unannounced single in time for Valentine's Day. It's a cover of “Moon River,” the hit ballad originally released in 1961 from the film, "Breakfast at Tiffany’s."

Aimee Mann

Album:  The Assassination of Gianni Versace Soundtrack

Song: Drive

In another cover song for this week, Aimee Mann delivers a minimalist, acoustic cover of The Cars’ 1983 hit song, "Drive." The song is featured on the FX show, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

Mann’s voice lacks the kind of small embellishments of her work in 2000, but the sober approach here really works with the original sound. It’s melancholy without being morose. 

Rance Allen Group

Album: Stax Singles, Vol 4: Rarities and The Best of the Rest

Song: There’s Gonna Be a Showdown

Notes: Stax’s singles box sets have been an incredible musical catalog since the first, nine-disc set came out in the early 1990s. This latest, which may very well be their last, highlights the more obscure side of the famed Memphis label including a whole disc devoted to the label’s gospel music subsidiary The Gospel Truth, which is where this Rance Allan Group single was first released.