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Cupid Deluxe

Blood Orange Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1. Chamakay 2. You're Not Good Enough 3. Uncle ACE 4. No Right Thing 5. It Is What It Is 6. Chosen 7. Clipped On 8. Always Let U Down 9. On the Line 10. High Street 11. Time Will Tell

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4.0 out of 5 stars A different stroke... 27 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
for different folks - maybe?

Not as instant as the last one from Dev but a grower none the less.
Excellent cover of a Mansun track on there too.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 808s and Heartbreaks and Glow Sticks and Leather Jackets 27 Nov 2013
By John Wraith - Published on
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What an impressive new LP from Blood Orange, the avant-garde dance/electro/R&B/indie rock hybrid from Devonte Hynes, an Essex street punk cum Brooklyn hipster. I've never been thunderstruck by Test Icicles, the scuzzy English dance-punk outfit Hynes started in. Nor have I gotten into Lightspeed Champion, his Saddle Creek-style indie band. But Cupid Deluxe is easily one of the best records I've heard in 2013.

The lyrics are moving. They're basically emo, but at least it's emo from an interesting perspective instead of emo from the perspective of a suburban guy whose parents' BMW has him feeling alienated. There's something touching about these teenage-heartbreak jams being told from the perspective of people who've normally been told by mainstream society that their teenage heartbreak is not as valid as others'.

Musically, Hynes is on point. The sounds are innovative and varied. At times it feels like it's closer to a mix tape than an LP, but in the best possible way. "Chosen" sounds like a mash-up between the silky bass-and-sax outro from Nas's "Life's a Bitch" with the vocal melody from Phil Collins's "Take Me Home." And I mean that as a complement. "Clipped On" is the moment when you're at a club in 1993 and the DJ lets some backwards-Cross-Colours-hat-and-bib-overalls dude get on the mic and do a Treach impression. It works, sure, even though it's not as memorable as the actual Treach would be. It's got an odd little pastel twist also, in that he's rapping over a pillowy slice of PM Dawn bliss.

It doesn't hurt that as a guitarist, Hynes is a first-rate member of the Prince school of fusing together rock, new wave, punk, and R&B into surprising, artistic, and really, really sick solos and riffs. If a sound works, he'll throw it in there regardless of genre constraints or inherent weirdness, just like Prince has spent his career doing.

Normally, when I hear the expression "it is what it is," my reflex is to punch the person who said it. But when it's the chorus of a beautiful, beautifully sad synth jam from the perspective of homeless LGBT youth, I just have to admire the implicit fortitude. It seems to be saying there's no changing the past or how other people, possibly society at large, has treated you. Ultimately you define yourself. You can define yourself with whatever art or whatever people you're into. Time will tell.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Happy Musical Treat That Never Ceases To Deliver The Unexpected 28 Nov 2013
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on
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As my friend Thomas Carley often points out,the 2010's have actually been a very musically fulfilling time. American culture in particular had begun to move away from the reality show based perception that singers,as opposed to instrumentalists,are all that matters in music-for one thing. This has also resulted in many artists,especially those involved in making funk,jazz and/or dance based musics-all skimmed on critically from much of the 90's onward,being musically freer to create their art for the joy of the public rather than to satisfy credibility. Even through the less creative phases,European musicians have continued to make creatively moment music. So its fitting that London born multi instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Devonte Hynes and his band Blood Orange would join the vanguard of contemporary musicians expanding once poorly represented musical forms of such vital creative importance.

"Chamakay" opens up the album with gently pan-African flavored slower groove that is extremely atmospheric but where the light percussion boils strongly underneath like an instrumental souffle. "You're Not Good Enough" and "Always Let You Down",with its thick,popping slap bass line are both strong,glistening uptempo funk numbers that are connected to melodically well constructed melodic songs-showcasing the vocals of Samantha Urbani along with Hynes. "Uncle Ace" starts out with a very heavy Afro Funk styled guitar line with a strong post disco/punk new wave stride about it before going into a strongly percussive groove built on a higher bass line. "No Right Thing","It Is What It Is" and "Chosen" all explore the realm of the boogie funk era smooth groove-all highly rhythmically constructed and full of phat bass/guitar interaction. The closer "Time Will Tell" embodies this musical ethic as well. "Clipped" is a percussive late 80's style funk based hip-hop number featuring the rapper Despot while "High Street",featuring the Jamaican accented rapper Skepta has a more brooding piano based flavor. "On The Line" favors a strong Minneapolis/Prince flavor with a similarly inventive rhythmic LINN drum machine (or LINN type) drum pattern.

Since some of the way this music is assembled,it is refreshingly gratifying that it cannot be too readily compared to other artist. Because of the presence of the rather avante garde jazz style sax/clarinet playing of Jason Arse and the echoey,whisper y nature of Hyne's vocals on this album,they bring the focus squarely in on the musical elements so vitally important to the funk music Blood Orange are going for:solid bass/guitar interaction and a thickly rhythmic aestetic. The closest bands I could put in a similar vein with them would be Loose Ends,Sade and Soul II Soul. And not only did they all come out of England as well,and all during the same decade,but also had a musical sound that really resembled no one else around them. And it is that early to late 1980's funk/soul/jazz/hip-hop musical cross-section that Blood Orange delight so much in exploring with their music. They are not focusing their attention on just boogie funk,post punk style dance music of jazz/hip-hop hybrids. They are finding a way to expand on all of them. And since funk grooves are the very core of all of them,this is a fine example of an instrumentally based funk album that anyone could ask for at this point in human musical evolution.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why did i choose the rating? 21 Jan 2014
By nicolette schwarz - Published on
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..because it's a great album. (just wanted to rate the album and not have to give a novel about the reasons.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed and mood evoking masterpiece 11 Dec 2013
By Jason Harrington - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I don't want to mislead anyone with any implications that this is a re-tread of Coastal Grooves; it certainly is not. Rather, this is an interesting example of a follow-up to one of my top five favorite albums, which threw me an insane amount of curve-balls, but ultimately did not disappoint me at all. That being said, I did have to adjust to it a bit. The addition of two songs with rappers was surely the most drastic shift from the first album, but I was already a fan of Despot (which is hard to be since he never put out a single album), and I don't dislike the UK grime scene that the other rapper reminds me of (albeit without the distinct grime type beats/synth in this example). I also really like Clams Casino, who contributes a drum section, even though he is not really being himself in this example (he's mostly know for huge swells of atmospheric noise over somewhat trap-oriented drums). It's hard for me to single out all the other curveballs here, but this is one of those albums where the first two songs are so generous, that it should leave the listener in a forgiving mood towards all the things Blood Orange tries later in the album. After nearly ten listens, the only part I'm not wild about is the last song when he flatly rehashes lines from hits on the first album, but it's a small gripe because I still don't skip that track, and I get that he was trying to do a sort of extended coda type thing like Michael Jackson used to do when he wanted to pad out the end of an album a little. I am not an R&B type of guy, even though Frank Ocean opened me up to a lot of the new breed of artists, but Blood Orange oddly managed to steer clear of anything that is really trending right now, and just shoot strait for a lush sound rooted in the best R&B of all eras. I expect to pick this up at any time and it still age well. I'm totally satisfied, after insurmountable anticipation.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid album 30 Dec 2013
By Zack Horne - Published on
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There are two bad tracks on this album but everything else is pretty solid. This album didn't change my life or anything but I definitely enjoy listening to it.
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