By the time we'd listened to the eight tracks from BOY/FRIEND'S (pronounced "boy-slash-friend") debut LP, Leather Weather, via Soundcloud, we knew we had to hunt down vocalist Shan Poo for our own roster of mixes. Although the New York-based singer is fresh faced on the scene, he's already garnered comparisons to both Frank Ocean and The Weeknd for his forward-thinking take on moody R&B. Leather Weather, his May 2013 album released independently (and made downloadable for free) immediately caught the attention of many - including The Fader, and of course, ourselves - thanks to Poo's crooning vocals and soothing production from fellow newcomer, MNTN. Kuhrye-OO and SSENSE favorite, Sweater Beats, make appearances on Leather Weather as well.
Of his mix, BOY/FRIEND describes it as his "first official mixtape," one that features artists and tracks that influenced and inspired him during the production of Leather Weather. BOY/FRIEND's mix opens with a sample from the 1992 romantic comedy Boomerang, followed by 90s-inspired R&B from Mariah Carey, Donnell Jones, Mista, The-Dream, and Andre 3000, alongside remixes from Machinedrum, Cashmere Cat, and Ryan Hemsworth.