RIYL: Frank Ocean, Toro y Moi, Anderson .Paak

Label: Domino

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 Angel’s Pulse & I performed, produced, and mixed the entire thing myself. I’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 I’ve just put out. Somewhat of an epilogue to the thing I’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 I’ve released, but for some reason trained myself into not releasing things the rate at which I make them. I’m older now though, and life is unpredictable and terrifying… so here you go mates.” – Devonté 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):

Angel’s Pulse traces the lineage of Hynes’ influence by allowing them to blossom in the most unexpected ways. The holy undertones of Negro Swan continue to bubble beneath the ongoing struggles presented here. (See “Birmingham,” a searing tribute to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963.) There’s also a subtle, lingering queerness embedded deep in the hues of the tape, per the custom in Blood Orange’s oeuvre. (“Baby Florence (Figure)” pivots between runway-ready ballroom house and an insular, ambient pop.) Where Negro Swan felt much larger and swelling, Angel’s Pulse 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 resistance… perhaps he’s reminding one to give one’s self permission to be lost, found, and lost once more. Quite the even trade for such stunning steps forward toward the unknown.

Limited Indie Exclusive White LP

Indie Exclusive ($20) Landlocked and Rough Trade

Limited Exclusive Pink LP

Domino Mart exclusive ($20)

Limited Exclusive Picture Disc

Domino Mart and Rough Trade ($20)

UK Indie Exclusive on Blue Vinyl

Drift Records (£22.49)

Hear more track at the Bandcamp site, here.

The Details

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

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Price $20

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