New Music Monday : Blood Orange : Freetown Sound

Music, New Music Monday

It’s been a while since I did a music post and found an album that grabbed me, and here’s one that’s just been released that I’m liking a lot. Blood Orange’s (Dev Hynes) new album Freetown Sound clocks in at just under an hour in length with 17 tracks. Hynes is the master of reinvention with prior musical incarnations and although originally from London is now fully ensconced in New York.

Freetown Sound has a funky, laid back R&B crossed with pop sound that also has a political voice and poetry aplenty. It’s  intended for those “not black enough, too black, too queer, not queer the right way.”  Freetown Sound also features a bevy of women vocalists, whose voices work really well alongside Blood Orange‘s musical flourishes. Plus there are loads of great tracks. To be honest I pretty much like every one. There is a lightness that comes across musically even though there is a darker side to the album.

Freetown Sound is my current summer favourite album so far. Road trip perfection? Maybe we’ll need to road test it first.

Favourite Tracks :

E.V.P. : a sort of funky Rapture style tune with surprise surprise Debbie Harry on vocals. 

Hadron Collider :  is a stand out slow number featuring Nelly Furtado.

Best To You  : features the gorgeous vocals of Empress Of  and you could even try freaky slow dancing to this. 

Better Than Me : has perky Carly Rae Jepsen with a lot of spoken vocals. 

Take a listen to single Augustine and you’ll catch a glimpse of Julian Casablancas from The Strokes who makes an appearance.

3 thoughts on “New Music Monday : Blood Orange : Freetown Sound”

  1. Hi Maxine – i had a quick listen but will investigate further when i get a bit of time to relax. I have heard of Dev and his work previously – i know there was some collaboration with Solange and FKA Twiggs (amongst many others) and he is well respected. I have been listening to older stuff recently (memories etc) – one of these being ‘Tricky’ = perhaps you have heard some of his stuff? If not, try this….. if i can link here….


    • Hi Pats I love Tricky – Hell Is Round The Corner is brilliant. That whole scene with Massive Attack and Portishead was so cool. So many memories from those times. PS The Blood Orange track I posted the video for is not one of my favourites from the album but the only one I could find a video for. So it’s probably best to listen to one of those tracks I mentioned on Spotify. x


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