Shut up and take my money, Devonté Hynes a.k.a. Blood Orange does it again!
Cupid Deluxe follows the dance moves of Hynes’ debut album Coastal Grooves which received a lot of attention from low brow audiophiles and press alike. As a whole the albums is tinged with a myriad of artistic collaborations. It is less linear and more of an abstract painting–like something that Basquiat would put together in a warehouse.
Hynes’ Chamakay creates soft tribal rhythms that sound like tropical rain fall. Haunting yet creamy vocal duets stream across the album’s love-themed sky like comet tails. And if you listen closely you can hear sensual sax lines and echoing hooks.
Beats and synth-grooves (by means of a vintage TR-505 drum machine) drape most of the album like a downtempo homage to 80’s acid house. Retro slow jams like “You’re Not Good Enough” help paint this picture as the outro exposes you to a jazzy New York background (and the girls in polkadot dresses go doo do doo do doo do do doo…).
Guitar riffs and slap-bass lines keep things pulsing (listen to “Uncle ACE” and you too will get funky). To keep it fresh Clams Casino adds rap production while Despot and Skepta lay down some rhymes. By the time you get to”High Street” you know you’re listening to something dope.
Often times you can hear influences such as those of a young Michael Jackson or Bruno Mars, instilled with the seductive qualities of Marvin Gaye and a vogue Usher. The production style might also remind you of Quincy Jones but the album really does stand on its own. What’s more encouraging is the fact that Hynes concocted the bulk of these tunes on his own then veiled them with angelic voices of singers such as Samantha Urbani and Caroline Polachek.
With songs of this artistic quality and far reaching creativity who needs pop divas?