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Angel's Pulse

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Barely a year after 2018’s Negro Swan, Blood Orange (a.k.a Devonte Hynes) has released his latest mixtape, Angel’s Pulse. The British artist’s patchwork of dream pop, rap, soul and street sounds found its inception in the notion that “An album is a statement, but a mixtape is more like a mood or a series of moods”. Musical moments flow into each other or break off at unexpected points – it’s easy to feel a bit lost during the first listen through, with such an eclectic collection of songs. In the end, it’s quite loyal to the idea of a scrapbook: open at your own risk – sometimes, pages will rip, chips of paint, dust or withered flowers will fall into your lap, and it’s up to you to make any sense (or not) of what you’re hearing. This mixtape is as much a sandbox for Hynes’ wild imagination, as it is a place to recollect upon his nomadic lifestyle: the 14 songs were written between Berlin, Florence, L.A, Helsinki in Dubai. Travel might be a central theme, expressed through the music and its narrative structure, but there are many collaborations as well: Toro Y Moi lends his voice to Dark & Handsome, a wurli + autotune R&B jam, then Kelsey Lu and Ian Isiah deliver a gutwrenching duo performance on Birmingham. Justine Sky, Tinashé and even Aaron Maine (from the synth pop band Porches). Angel’s Pulse could have been a tour of a painter’s studio – a glimpse into their creation process, where ideas, drafts and completed works collide. In that sense it might make more sense to consider the mixtape in the scope of Devonte’s latest album, Negro Swan – how it might have been made, what influences were drawn upon, and what Hynes himself wanted to do. As he said himself, "There’s freedom in [mixtapes] because there aren’t as many expectations of formality.” His constructive approach certainly yields results – like a Monet painting, you just have to take a step back to appreciate the whole. ©Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz

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1
I Wanna C U 00:01:14

Devonte Hynes, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - Blood Orange, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher - Aaron Maine, Composer, Lyricist

2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd

2
Something To Do 00:00:51

Devonte Hynes, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - Blood Orange, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher

2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd

3
Dark & Handsome 00:02:33

Devonte Hynes, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - Toro Y Moi, FeaturedArtist - Blood Orange, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher - Chaz Bear, Composer, Lyricist - Toro y Moi LLC, MusicPublisher

2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd

4
Benzo 00:02:30

Devonte Hynes, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - Blood Orange, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher

2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd

5
Birmingham 00:01:33

Devonte Hynes, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - Blood Orange, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher - Kelsey Lu, FeaturedArtist - Ian Isiah, FeaturedArtist

2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd

6
Good For You 00:02:22

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Devonte Hynes, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - Blood Orange, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher - Justine Skye, Composer, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist

2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd

7
Baby Florence (Figure) 00:02:57

Devonte Hynes, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - Blood Orange, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher

2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd

8
Gold Teeth 00:03:01

Project Pat, Composer, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist - Devonte Hynes, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - Gangsta Boo, Composer, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist - Blood Orange, MainArtist - Tinashé, FeaturedArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher - Lady Kash, MusicPublisher

2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd

9
Berlin 00:01:58

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Devonte Hynes, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - Blood Orange, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher - Porches, FeaturedArtist - Aaron Maine, Composer, Lyricist - Ian Isiah, Composer, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist

2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd

10
Tuesday Feeling (Choose To Stay) 00:02:57

Devonte Hynes, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - Blood Orange, MainArtist - Tinashé, FeaturedArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher

2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd

11
Seven Hours Part 1 00:02:40

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Devonte Hynes, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - Blood Orange, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher - BennY RevivaL, Composer, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist

2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd

12
Take It Back 00:04:22

Devonte Hynes, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - Arca, Composer, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist - Blood Orange, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher - Justine Skye, FeaturedArtist - Joba, Composer, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist

2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd

13
Happiness 00:02:09

Devonte Hynes, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - Blood Orange, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher

2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd

14
Today 00:01:19

Devonte Hynes, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - Blood Orange, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher

2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Domino Recording Co Ltd

Album Description

Barely a year after 2018’s Negro Swan, Blood Orange (a.k.a Devonte Hynes) has released his latest mixtape, Angel’s Pulse. The British artist’s patchwork of dream pop, rap, soul and street sounds found its inception in the notion that “An album is a statement, but a mixtape is more like a mood or a series of moods”. Musical moments flow into each other or break off at unexpected points – it’s easy to feel a bit lost during the first listen through, with such an eclectic collection of songs. In the end, it’s quite loyal to the idea of a scrapbook: open at your own risk – sometimes, pages will rip, chips of paint, dust or withered flowers will fall into your lap, and it’s up to you to make any sense (or not) of what you’re hearing. This mixtape is as much a sandbox for Hynes’ wild imagination, as it is a place to recollect upon his nomadic lifestyle: the 14 songs were written between Berlin, Florence, L.A, Helsinki in Dubai. Travel might be a central theme, expressed through the music and its narrative structure, but there are many collaborations as well: Toro Y Moi lends his voice to Dark & Handsome, a wurli + autotune R&B jam, then Kelsey Lu and Ian Isiah deliver a gutwrenching duo performance on Birmingham. Justine Sky, Tinashé and even Aaron Maine (from the synth pop band Porches). Angel’s Pulse could have been a tour of a painter’s studio – a glimpse into their creation process, where ideas, drafts and completed works collide. In that sense it might make more sense to consider the mixtape in the scope of Devonte’s latest album, Negro Swan – how it might have been made, what influences were drawn upon, and what Hynes himself wanted to do. As he said himself, "There’s freedom in [mixtapes] because there aren’t as many expectations of formality.” His constructive approach certainly yields results – like a Monet painting, you just have to take a step back to appreciate the whole. ©Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz

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