Songwriter and producer Blood Orange releases music that’ll be stuck in your head all day long, in a good way.
On Nov. 12, Blood Orange released his new album Cupid Deluxe. This album is so versatile and creative, many musicians praise him for his passion and artistic vision.
Blood Orange is the moniker for Devonté Hynes, who has collaborated and produced music for famous artists like Solange Knowles, Florence and the Machine, and The Chemical Brothers.
Hynes’ music is an experiment through melodic tones and vocals with a musical vision that can be mesmerizing for first-time listeners and longtime fans. He says his mission is to create music for others and to leave them inspired.
His album tracks contain programmed drums and heavy beats, sometimes arranged in triple time beats that are influenced by New York funk. The album also showcases electronica and disco influences, vocal harmonies, mild rhythmic syncopation and ’80s groove-based composition.
Hynes’ record was influenced by the transitions in his life, like his emmigration to New York City from London. He lived in Brooklyn for some time and finally made the leap into NYC.
He wanted to create a musical image that everyone can capture and memorize.
According to Elias Leight of PopMatters, “Hynes shows his trademark moves and demonstrates that he’s not a one-trick pony, he can expand sound, and push further into new territory.”
Cupid Deluxe’s first track “Chamakay,” is impressive. The song kicked off with an echoing drum and gorgeous female vocals, sung by Caroline Polachek.
Together, Polachek and Hynes’ vocals go well and create a gripping song. Using piano and guitar, the song has a harmonic tone and subtle beats, seemingly radiating loss and love
“The artist and Hynes meet harmoniously into the atmosphere with elegant instrumentation,” Metro magazine said.
Another song I can’t stop listening to is, “You’re Not Good Enough,”
because it is so catchy and fun.
The synth of the introduction begins with a retro vibe. Hynes produced an amazing beat that has a dance-
The lyrics are memorable, “I never was in love/ you know that you were never good enough.”
This song will have you singing out loud without even realizing it.
“Clipped On,” perfectly showcases Hynes’ diversity. Projecting rap with an old-school funk vibe and beats made for dancing.
The album also features musical artists, including New York singer Samantha Urbani; Bristish rapper Skepta, and British electronica artist Adam Brainbridge
“This musical genius deserves more of the spotlight but probably won’t ever demand it,” said Samuel Tolzmann, blogger for Pretty Much Amazing.
Hynes is brilliant at creating music with soul. The overall vibe is amazing; the album’s sound is unique and remarkable.
Cupid Deluxe is the most impressive album that Blood Orange has released yet. Each track has its own element of sounds and emotion. Also, it is beautifully produced with great synths, vocals, and sharper lyricism.
“But I do hope, that if you like the record, you can see past a sense of instant gratification, and live with it, as I have lived with it for so long now, within the making process, as well as the completion,” said Hynes on his Tumblr page.
I suggest you take a listen and see what you think of his new tracks. The album is available on iTunes.