This ‘80s and ’90s New York transitional electro sex-pop outfit will get your attention. Although Devonté “Dev” Hynes’s sophomore album was released in the UK, it holds strong to its Manhattan nightlife glo-fi origins through synth-based beats and washy filtered vocals. This album is a hot mess in the best possible way, incorporating everything from sonic dance to random hip hop breaks, all the way through to R&B and soul. It seems as though Hynes was making the vulnerable step towards nostalgia to find what he was looking for and, with single-sided fixation, he has carefully crafted the follow-up to 2011’s Coastal Grooves to his own liking. He is meticulous and virtuosic on Cupid Deluxe, manning the guitar, bass, keys and drums on his own; however, this was not a solely solo effort. Collaborations with producer Clams Casino, Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek and Despot, to name a few, were a must to make it more than just another library release. Cupid Deluxe is Blood Orange’s sexiest effort yet.

By Callie Modeland

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