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Listen: Blood Orange – “You’re Not Good Enough”

31 Oct

Blood Orange You're Not Good Enough

Halloween is great for a number of reasons. Obviously the increased sweet eating allowance is one, as is carving the pumpkins and watching scary movies, but Halloween also serves as a great milestone of where we are in the year and more importantly what is left to come. Usually Halloween means that bonfire night is just around the corner and then Christmas will be upon us in next to no time. But this year there is an additional event of great significance between bonfire night and Christmas that the arrival of Halloween means we are ever closer to; the release of the new Blood Orange album on 18 November.

Another marker in the sand for the forthcoming album is the release online of the second single from it, “You’re Not Good Enough”. A crushingly honest appraisal of a previous relationship, the protagonist’s own shortcomings and self-doubt as well as the perceived failings of his lover, all set to trademark Dev Hynes grooves that immediately evoke Prince in his 80’s pomp.

Featuring his current squeeze, Samantha Urbani, on husky soulful backing vocals, the track is lyrical oil poured on funked out water and the result is a spectacular, glorious rainbow. It’s beautiful to behold as the light catches it, but at the end of the day, someone has to clean up the mess or things will only get worse, friendships will suffer, self loathing will increase and people will keep getting hurt.

It is, as ever with Mr. Hynes, a fantastic piece of R&B infused, groovy pop with a killer bass line, disco-funk riffs and a sweet keyboard solo. “You’re Not Good Enough” is full of such beautiful, danceable gloom; a poisoning of the purity of love with the reality of life to create a wonderfully translucent heartache.

’Cupid Deluxe’ is due for release on 18 November and can be pre-ordered here.

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Watch: Blood Orange – “Chamakay”

16 Sep

Blood Orange Chamakay

Last week, on our blog birthday no less, the world was treated to an eagerly awaited new track from the musical Chameleon that is Dev Hynes. We like to think it was a little birthday present for us here at Alphabet Bands, but obviously we know the truth.

Continuing in his most recent incarnation as Blood Orange, Dev has somehow found time amongst all the writing and producing he does for a legion of other musicians to record a new album, Cupid Deluxe, which, if it is half as good as Coastal Grooves, could well end up as one of the year’s best.

“Chamakay” features the sultry voice of Caroline Polachek from Chairlift which combine and cavort with Dev’s own which here channel Terence Trent D’arby, D’Angelo and “Liberian Girl” crooning MJ.

Smooth, soulful melodies, slow jam R’n’B grooves and a sexy sax sound disguise the heaviness of emotion within. It’s a bit like a solo walk by a contemplative moonlit lake seen from a distance; a beautiful voyeuristic peep into the uneasy realisation that the rose tinted memory of the one that got away still haunts the heart.

Like Polachek’s vocal, the track is alluring and exotic, like the silhouette of a belly dancer seen across a smoky room, no doubt performing some of the smooth moves Dev himself is seen busting out in the video (which was directed by Adam Bainbridge, aka Kindness, and which you can see below).

”Chamakay” is out now on iTunes and ‘Cupid Deluxe’ is, according to Dev, coming soon.

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