ALBUM STREAM: Blood Orange – Freetown Sound

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Dev Dynes has officially liberated the new Blood Orange album, Freetown Sound, which sees 17 tracks and features from Ava Raiin, Empress Of, Debbie Harry, Bea1991, Starchild, Ian Isiah, Nelly Furtado, Ta-Nehisi C, Kelsey Lu, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Zuri Marley (and more, along with “quotes” from Vince Staples, Venus Xtravaganza, Ashlee Haze and De La Soul).

In addition to the stream (via Apple Music), we’ve also included: 1) a dope visual for ‘Augustine’, and 2) an interview with Zane Lowe below. Plenty of Blood Orange to enjoy.

TRAILER/RELEASE DATE: Blood Orange – Freetown Sound

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Following the title and artwork reveal, Dev Hynes liberates a new trailer for the forthcoming Blood Orange album Freetown Sound. The clip sees a mixture of Hynes in a dance studio alongside footage of what looks like artists from the 80’s and 90’s. Regardless, he’s already revealed the meaning behind the album, a tribute to his father’s roots:

I have just finished making an album about my life, my upbringing, being black in England, being black in America…my movement to this country at the age of 21, the same age that my mother moved from Guyana to London, and my father from Sierra Leone to London. Freetown Sound, the name of my album, is taken from Freetown where my father was born.

Freetown Sound is released 1st July via Domino Records. Pre-order via iTunes.

Blood Orange Announces New Album ‘Freetown Sound’

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In a recent interview with V Magazine, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes announced a new, official follow-up to 2013’s Cupid Deluxe titled Freetown Sound…he described the forthcoming release as his “version of Paul’s Boutique” that “kind of plays like a long mixtape”. Check out a quote further explaining the project below:

This is a very layered and very deep record for me. There’s a lot of meaning behind all of the choices I’ve made for this one. It looks into my childhood and examines who I am at this point in my life. There are so many crazy layers to it that it’s actually quite hard to talk about it, but the record is very reflective of how my brain works. This is gonna sound terrifying, but there is a strong theme of Christianity on the record. When I was growing up, Christianity was drilled into my head so intensely, to the point where, as a child, I was meant to be left-handed but was forced to use my right instead. Left-handedness was seen as a sign of darkness. Freetown Sound also has a lot to do with Freetown—the capital of Sierra Leone—which is where my dad is from. The record addresses the way Christianity was brought to West Africa and the way black households held on very tightly to Christianity because it was this beacon of hope…and how eventually this somehow led to someone in a school telling me not to use my left hand. It’s been very interesting for me trying to understand and tie all of these things together. It’s been a way of working through it. There’s also a lot of stuff about race and specifically things that have happened to me.

Read the full interview over at V Magazine.

Stevie Wonder Added To British Summer Time Hyde Park

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UPDATE: Massive Attack has been added as a headliner for the Summer series, along with Patti Smith, TV On The Radio, Warpaint and Ghostpoet (below) — they’ll be performing Friday, 1st July. Many more addition acts to come.

UPDATE #2: Stevie Wonder has been announced for Sunday, 10th July. He will perform his 1976 classic Songs in the Key of Life in full.

Next Summer’s British Summer Time series in Hyde Park is already confirmed to be huge, as Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie xx and Blood Orange have been announced for 2nd July. We’re particularly excited to see Dev Hynes stage to such a large stage — something that we don’t think has been seen in quite a while.

The more recent announcement already follows both Mumford & Sons on 8th July (who’ll be supported by Wolf Alice, Alabama Shakes and more) and Take That on the following day (of which tickets are already available). Tickets for Flo Welch and the gang go on sale this Friday (4th December) from 10AM.

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Blood Orange & Nelly Furtado – Hadron Collider

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Last month, Blood Orange took over NYC with a set of performances alongside many of his “friends” — one of which happened to be Nelly Furtado. Even better, those that attended one of his shows were lucky enough to receive a cassette tape (above) which held his and Nelly’s new collaboration ‘Hadron Collider’. We immediately crossed our fingers in the hopes that Dev Hynes (or a concert attendee) would somehow get this exclusive to the internets.

Today, Hynes was nice enough to reveal said track for the rest of the world to hear — an airy, melodic number that literally has us geeking for more from the two creative artists. You can check that out below.

CHECK OUT: Blood Orange & Friends In NYC (Audio Documentary)

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Earlier in the month, Dev Hynes did a couple of big shows at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, which saw him joined by the likes of Solange Knowles and Hadron Collider collaborator Nelly Furtado (also, the event was actually a benefit concert that saw proceeds going to the Opus 118 Harlem School Of Music). Yours Truly was in the building to capture the entire show, which turned into an audio documentary that premiered on Beats 1; the stream mixes live performance with interviews and cool stuff behind the scenes. Fans will also enjoy a tease of some new Blood Orange music.

Enjoy the hour-long play here.

Dev Hynes Brought Out Nelly Furtado & Solange In NYC (Video)

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Dev Hynes had a huge Blood Orange show in Harlem’s Apollo Theater over the weekend, which also saw support from Le1f, RATKING and Junglepussy (all favourites of Content Dope). During his headlining set, he even brought out Nelly Furtado (put a pin on that for a second) and Solange Knowles…you can check out recap footage below.

As far as Furtado is concerned, she actually did a collaborative project with Blood Orange titled Hadron Collider; fans who attended scored a copy of the project on cassette (which means it might be a while before anyone else hears it).


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Blood Orange – Sandra’s Smile (Video)

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Dev Hynes has let go of a powerful new song and visual for ‘Sandra’s Smile’, which he’s revealed is in reference to Sandra Bland, a Black women who died while unlawfully in police custody (even her death — ruled a suicide — remains under hazy circumstances).

Check out his breakdown below, given via annotation on Genius:

I had a somewhat delayed depression upon Sandra’s death. I was hurt and upset and mad instantly, of course… but I think a part of me had my eyes closed, as a form of numbness..a few days later it hit me and i was unconsolable.

How many times have you heard of some celebrity whose career is indebted to black people and their love of black people, who then have to put out a public apology for throwing around the term n****, or the other side, become deafly silent when we really need their help or voice?

Check out ‘Sandra’s Smile’ above.