Single Review – Blood Orange – Sandra’s Smile

Devonte Hynes is back with the project that is Blood Orange amongst other things and this particular track of ‘Sandra’s Smile’, he delivers an important and crucially relevant message relating to the disturbing deaths of Sandra Bland and Treyvon Martin in a time of frustration in the United States. This is delivered in a different manner to Kendrick Lamar and Hynes’ chiming melodies and smooth vocals generate that sense of contemplation and reflection of the events happening in the United States and with that a clearer sense of tragedy.

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Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe Review

Blood Orange is the project of Devonte Hynes. Born in Houston and currently residing in New York. The project has reached it’s second album. The follow up to 2011′s Coastal Grooves is this years Cupid Deluxe which features additions from Sky Ferriera amongst others. He’s been associated with a very long and varied list of artists in recent years so brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Blood Orange’s second album. There is a real sense of a sleek retro feel and aura but channelled through a modern and carefully poised production which was evident in his first single from the album but whether this is maintained throughout will be key to the success of the record.

The second single taken from the album is ‘You’re Not Good Enough’ is filled with those heavy retro influences. This time it’s heavy on the 80′s pop era with a hint of soul with a 21st Century take upon it. The dilated synths open the song before the heavy groove and rhythm from the bass and the guitars move the song on. At times the song is actually quite bare. With only the whirring synths and the spaced out and echoed percussion. However, the dual echoed vocals fill the space with sound very effectively. These are more noticeable in moments when the percussion is taken away from this and the atmospheric quality takes hold. There is a general atmospheric and washed out feel portrayed throughout the song despite the shifts in the instrumental structure and when this is shone through the 80′s pop framework; it reveals a very happy compromise. ‘Time Will Tell’ has the archetypical 80’s drum beat sample that’s recorded a little out of focus and the droned and drawn out piano fills over the top of it. It certainly creates a smooth and slippy foundation to allow for Devonte’s equally fluid vocals to flow above it all. There is real sense of cheesy 80’s melody about it along with the lyrics and delivered in that Prince-like style. The atmospheric quality being created from the extra space born out of the echoed percussion and droned out synths that really set the song apart from the 80’s feel. There is perhaps a little less urgency compared to ‘You’re Not Good Enough’ but the vocal performance is more pronounced and effective with this track.

‘Chamakay’ opens with scattered and broken up percussion that in it’s various forms; creates an effective rhythm section for the song to work around. Dev’s soft yet depth filled vocal easily takes control the song and it’s slight echo along with the generic pop backing vocal does again whip up the atmospheric quality and exudes it’s own melody, but one that is less obvious. The bass trickles amongst the percussion for that added layer of depth. However, it is only used in small quantities which makes it more pronounced and highlights the build up and toning down of the music. You do have moments where you consider if it is all too much to take in, but his production and the manipulation of it puts the song in it’s own box so to speak. As a result of him thinking a little outside of it. It is by no means an immaculate album though. ‘No Right Thing’ seems to struggled to pitch the music together with the vocals and it just sounds a little too high in tone for it all. There is no great fluctuations in tone and feel either but tracks like ‘Always Let U Down’ shows that he has perfected the atmospheric and spaced out pop that has pride of place on every track.

Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe = 8/10

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Single Review – Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough

Blood Orange is the project of Devonte Hynes. Born in Houston and currently residing in New York. The project has reached it’s second album. The follow up to 2011’s Coastal Grooves is this years Cupid Deluxe which features additions from Sky Ferriera amongst others. He’s been associated with a very long and varied list of artists in recent years so brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Blood Orange’s second album. A single taken from the album is ‘You’re Not Good Enough’ which like Connan Mockasin’s album I reviewed yesterday; is filled with heavy retro influences. This time it’s heavy on the 80’s rock era with a hint of soul with a 21st Century take upon it. The dilated synths open the song before the heavy groove and rhythm from the bass and the guitars move the song on. At times the song is actually quite bare. With only the whirring synths and the spaced out and echoed percussion. However, the dual echoed vocals fill the space with sound very effectively. These are more noticeable in moments when the percussion is taken away from this and the atmospheric quality takes hold. There is a general atmospheric and washed out feel portrayed throughout the song despite the shifts in the instrumental structure and when this is shone through the 80’s pop structure; it reveals a very happy compromise.

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