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Alternative & Indie - Released November 18, 2013 | Domino Recording Co

Distinctions 5/6 de Magic - Pitchfork: Best New Music
After debuting his new project Blood Orange with a fairly straightforward chillwave/electro-pop album full of hooky, sexy songs that worked like a collection of great singles, Dev Hynes returned with a second album that was anything but straightforward. In fact, Cupid Deluxe is something of a hot mess. It's unfocused, sprawling, and so full of ideas that it never seems to settle in one place for very long, jumping from laid-back EDM pop to soft rock with sax balladry to '90s New Jack Swing to bleary hip-hop and back again. While it doesn't make for a smooth listen from beginning to end, Hynes and his expanded cast of collaborators (who include the ubiquitous Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, Friends' Samantha Urbani, Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth, and Clams Casino) hit enough highs to make the album worth trying to figure out. Even if one never does truly figure it all out, there is enough graceful melancholy and tuneful sadness on display to make the album a bracing, late-night listen with plenty of songs that will stick around in memory banks and on breakup mixes. The songs that work the best are the most focused, like "You're Not Good Enough," the jumping Afro-pop disco jam "Uncle ACE, and "Always Let You Down," where Hynes doesn't let the soft focus arrangements get in the way of the melodies. His oddball sonic choices, like huge-sounding gated drums, '90s TV theme keyboard settings, and Polachek's showy warbling also don't usually get in the way, though "Chosen" might give anyone who doesn't worship at the altar of Phil Collins some seriously queasy feelings. And "Time Will Tell" comes off like an unholy blend of Bruce Hornsby and mid-period Prince thanks to some stately piano and squirmy sexual come-ons. Some of his choices are fairly brilliant, too, like how "Clipped On" is a brilliant mashup of Naughty by Nature and PM Dawn, or how "On the Line" takes the electro-pop of the previous album, feeds it through cheap Casios and too many Seagram's Coolers, then ends up with the most emotionally powerful song on the record. It also features lovely vocals from Urbani, who proves to be the ideal duet partner for Hynes since her sweet croon matches his perfectly. In the end, the album's head-scratching moments are outweighed by the near-brilliant ones, those weird juxtapositions of styles and oddly emotional times that make everyone from Solange, Basement Jaxx, and Britney want to work with Dev Hynes. He's an artist with ideas and while they sometimes pile up and crash on Cupid Deluxe, it's always a spectacular crash, and that's something worth investigating. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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R&B - Released June 28, 2016 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 29, 2011 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 24, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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Two years after the release of Freetown Sound, Dev Hynes a.k.a. Blood Orange signs here Negro Swan. The British artist, who lives in the U.S., returns to the soft R&B of the 90's with smooth productions, slow tempos, sugary vocals and brass instrumentation, as well as daring to inject some soul. Hynes certainly sets the bar high when it comes to featurings. We find ASAP Rocky and Project Pat on the syrupy Chewing Gum, and Puff Daddy and the gifted producer Tei Shi’s crystal voice on Hope, forming the two high points of the record. Steve Lacy from The Internet also comes to join the party for Out Of Your League, as does the unclassifiable and underestimated Georgia Anne Muldrow (Runnin'). A true extension of its predecessor, Hynes tells us that this fourth opus is “an exploration of my depression and the other forms that depression can take. A sincere look at the existence and persistent anxieties of queers and people of colour". A well named album then. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released July 12, 2019 | Domino Recording Co

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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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Film Soundtracks - Released October 2, 2020 | Milan

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R&B - Released August 24, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 16, 2020 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 26, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 22, 2019 | Domino Soundtracks

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Film Soundtracks - Released May 7, 2021 | Milan

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Pop - Released October 30, 2015 | Mexican Summer

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 19, 2019 | Domino Soundtracks

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 2, 2014 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 11, 2012 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 10, 2014 | Domino Recording Co

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R&B - Released October 27, 2015 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 17, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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