Before Dev Hynes went solo, he played as a member of London dance-punk outfit Test Icicles. It wasn’t until 2007 that he moved to NYC as Lightspeed Sound and eventually became Blood Orange. After dropping visuals for “Sandra’s Smile” – a somber ode to Sandra Bland – the singer/songwriter/producer is gearing up to release his third Blood Orange album, Freetown Sound. He shared the album artwork via social media yesterday (June 2).
Hynes likens his Cupid Deluxe follow-up to a Beastie Boys classic. “It’s like my version of Paul’s Boutique,” he told Pitchfork. “It kind of plays like a long mix tape.” An official release date has yet to be announced, but you can catch Dev as Blood Orange at this weekend’s Roots Picnic.
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