When you really think about it, Devonte Hynes aka Blood Orange, couldn’t have come up with a better title for his latest effort. Just as Cupid is alluringly sweet but for the barbs that he conceals, Cupid Deluxe pulsates with beautiful, polished production that enriches the melancholy, and at times, deliciously bitter vibe that emanates from the songs.
Hynes‘ profile has certainly grown since he worked on Solange‘s True EP and once again, he shows off his innate ability to fuse soul, funk and R&B into one mesmerising project. There’s some snazzy saxophone action on the spoken word ‘Chosen’ and the vivacious riffs on ‘You’re Not Good Enough’ belies a dismissive sting that hasn’t been heard since Mya‘s ‘If You Died I Wouldn’t Cry’.
Whilst Hynes handles most of the vocal duties on Cupid Deluxe, some guests pop up to enhance the dreamy arrangements. Caroline Polachek‘s (of Chairlift) celestial tone glides in effortlessly on opener ‘Chamakay’, Samantha Urbani (of Friends) adds her smooth presence to ‘It Is What It Is’ and MC Despot‘s rhymes on ‘Clipped On’ ensures it floats between emo R&B and old-school hip hop.
It’s quite clear that Blood Orange is going from strength to strength as a producer and songwriter. His releases are always showing growth, and its only a matter of time before everyone and their mother has him producing their music. As it stands, Cupid Deluxe will leave you transfixed, its sweet and sour flavours sure to keep you coming back for more.
Pick up a copy of Cupid Deluxe now from iTunes.