If you’ve not been formally acquainted by now, Blood Orange, better known as Dev Hynes, is a music god. A beyond talented, singer-songwriter-composer-producer-author.
The 30-year-old UK native has written and produced some of the best releases from our favorite acts, from Sky Ferreira‘s still-relevant anthem “Everything Is Embarrassing” to Mutya Keisha Siobhan‘s comeback stunner “Flatline” to Carly Rae Jepsen‘s E·MO·TION standout “All That” to Kylie Minogue‘s charity single “Crystallize.” If you’ve swayed along to “Losing You” or “Lovers in the Parking Lot” on Solange‘s True EP or “Want Your Feeling” on Jessie Ware‘s Tough Love LP, you’ve already had Dev Hynes in your head.
When it comes to the art of pop greatness, Dev knows exactly what he’s doing.
As a result, it’s no surprise that Blood Orange‘s long-awaited third studio album, Freetown Sound – which he dropped last night ahead of its original Friday (July 1) release – is a start-to-finish masterpiece, including guest appearances from Ava Raiin, Empress Of, Debbie Harry, Bea1991, Starchild, Ian Isiah, Ta-Nehisi C, Kelsey Lu, Zuri Marley, as well as Carly Rae Jepsen on “Better Than Me” and Nelly Furtado on “Hadron Collider.”
“I think of this record as [being] fully aware of, ‘Yeah, my life is in danger on a daily basis,’ but using that as strength to rise up and stand tall and be proud of who you are and accept who you are,” Dev told EW. Or, as he put it in an Instagram post: “My album is for everyone told they’re not black enough, too black, too queer, not queer the right way… it’s a clapback.”
The release of Freetown Sound couldn’t have come at a better time, but that’s enough chit chat: Get to listening!!
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