RIYL: Frank Ocean, Toro y Moi, Anderson .Paak
Blood Orange is dropping Angel’s Pulse, a mixtape which is something of an epilogue to his critically acclaimed 2018 album Negro Swan, October 4th.
“My new record is called Angelâ€™s Pulse & I performed, produced, and mixed the entire thing myself. Iâ€™m calling it a mixtape. I have a habit through the years of making records that I just give to friends, or on tape to people on the street, or no one. Usually this material is made directly after the album Iâ€™ve just put out. Somewhat of an epilogue to the thing Iâ€™ve made before. This time… I decided to release it.
I put as much work and care into it as I do with the albums Iâ€™ve released, but for some reason trained myself into not releasing things the rate at which I make them. Iâ€™m older now though, and life is unpredictable and terrifying… so here you go mates.” – DevontĂ© Hynes (Blood Orange) says.
There are multiple limited variants of this record, so see below to grab what suits your fancy. The singles sound pretty stellar and the collaborations are on point. Here is a little blub from VMP (Which could put out a variant):
Angelâ€™s PulseÂ traces the lineage of Hynesâ€™ influence by allowing them to blossom in the most unexpected ways. The holy undertones ofÂ Negro SwanÂ continue to bubble beneath the ongoing struggles presented here. (See â€śBirmingham,â€ť a searing tribute to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963.) Thereâ€™s also a subtle, lingering queerness embedded deep in the hues of the tape, per the custom in Blood Orangeâ€™s oeuvre. (â€śBaby Florence (Figure)â€ť pivots between runway-ready ballroom house and an insular, ambient pop.) WhereÂ Negro SwanÂ felt much larger and swelling,Â Angelâ€™s PulseÂ dwells in isolation and makes due with the exhilaration that comes from an uncertain tomorrow. Where its predecessor paves the way to accepting the nothingness, this mixtape gives the meaningless a new glow and even less clarity as Hynes continues to wait for the smoke to clear. In tandem, perhaps Hynes has offered much more than a roadmap to self-love and resistanceâ€¦ perhaps heâ€™s reminding one to give oneâ€™s self permission to be lost, found, and lost once more. Quite the even trade for such stunning steps forward toward the unknown.
Domino Mart exclusive ($20)
Drift Records (ÂŁ22.49)
Hear more track at the Bandcamp site, here.
Released digitally in July 2019, Angel's Pulse is a mixtape from Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange, something of an epilogue to his critically acclaimed 2018 album Negro Swan.
Comes with an MP3 and WAV download card.
Ship Date: around OCTOBER 4, 2019
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive