One of the first things that I noticed when I woke up this morning was a flood of Blood Orange related posts on my Facebook wall. Upon further inspection, I was gleeful to discover that Dev Hynes had suddenly and unexpectedly released an album. I’ve always been insanely fond of the brilliant R&B pop and retro dance music this man puts out, whether as Blood Orange, as a collaborator with others, for film soundtracks, or beyond, so I knew that Freetown Sound was going to be an imaginative and sublime auditory experience even before I tasted any of its songs. Alongside that surprise album comes a music video, too, for album cut Augustine, which features additional vocals by slam poet Ashlee Haze. The song is so dreamy drifting good that I’ve already listened to it countless times over the course of the day. It takes us on a sensory adventure, moving us from neo-soul fleecy softness to early 80′s Madonna snappiness to Jonny Pierce like new wavey dream pop. Augustine is spectacular, and I’ll be listening to it countless more times today time allowing. Head to iTunes to purchase Blood Orange’s 17 track Freetown Sound album, or order physical copies from Domino, here.

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