Blood Orange ‎– Freetown Sound - 2016 Indie Synth Rock Soul - Sealed 2LP

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Blood Orange ‎– Freetown Sound

Domino ‎– WIGLP369
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
19 Aug 2016
Electronic, Funk / Soul, Pop
Contemporary R&B, Downtempo, Leftfield, Soul, Synth-pop


A1 By Ourselves
A2 Augustine
A3 Chance
Jason ArceVocals – *
A4 Best To You
 – Caleb LavenVocals – Devonté Hynes, Lorely Rodriguez
A5 With Him



B1 E.V.P.
– Jason ArceVocals –
B2 Love Ya
B3 But You
Vocals – Bryndon Cook, Devonté Hynes
B4 Desirée



C1 Hands Up
Vocals – Bryndon Cook, Devonté Hynes
C2 Hadron Collider
, Vocals – Devonté Hynes, Nelly Furtado
C3 Squash Squash
C4 Juicy 1-4



D1 Better Than Me
Vocals – Bryndon Cook, Carly Rae Jepsen, Devonté Hynes*
D2 Thank You
D3 I Know
D4 Better Numb



Phonographic Copyright (p) – Domino Recording Co. Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Domino Recording Co. Ltd.

Design – Matthew Cooper, Paul J Street
Engineer – Devonté Hynes* (tracks: 1 to 8, 10 to 17)
Engineer [Additional Vocals Engineering] – Mikaelin 'Blue' BlueSpruce* (tracks: 1 to 4, 8, 10, 14)
Mastered By – Dave Cooley
Mixed By – Mikaelin 'Blue' BlueSpruce* (tracks: 1 to 8, 10 to 17)
Photography By [Booklet] – Devonté Hynes*, Nick Harwood
Photography By [Cover Photo "Binky & Tony Forever"] – Deana Lawson
Producer – Devonté Hynes*

All tracks Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS)
"By Ourselves" (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) /Universal Music Ltd. /Jazz Workshop Inc. admin by BMG Rights Management UK Ltd.)
"Best To You" (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) /Beggars Music America / Sony/ATV Music Publishing)
"With Him" (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) / Copyright Control)
"E.V.P." (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) / Copyright Control / IS HE Sarl/Peermusic UK Ltd.)
"Love Ya" (Greenheart Music Ltd administered by EMI Music Publishing Ltd. Used by permission. All rights reserved)
"Desirée" (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) / Patrick Wimberly Publishing)
"Hadron Collider" (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) / Nelstar Entertainment admin by Sony Music ATV)
"Squash Squash" (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) / Copyright Control)
"Thank You" (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) / Universal Music Ltd. / Maica Boom Music, used by kind permission of Dejamus Ltd.)

Carly Rae Jepsen appears on "Better Than Me" courtesy of Interscope Records / Universal Music Group

All tracks engineered at Profit House 1, Profit House 2, Dev’s apartment, Aaron Maine’s apartment, Washington Square Park, St. Mark’s Place, the upstairs dance studio at BAM and MoMA except:
"Best To You", "E.V.P." & "I Know" with additional engineering at Red Bull Studios, New York
"Desirée" at CRC, Brooklyn
"Hadron Collider" with additional engineering at the Orange Lounge, Toronto, Canada

Additional vocal engineering on "By Ourselves", "Augustine", "Chance", "Best To You", "But You", "Hands Up" & "Better Than Me" at Lounge Studios, New York
Mastered at Elysian Mastering in Los Angeles, California

"By Ourselves" contains elements of "Myself When I Am Real” by Charles Mingus, used courtesy of The Verve Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The track also contains a sample of "For Colored Girls (The Missy Elliot Poem)" performed by Ashlee Haze
"Chance" contains a sample from "You Must Learn (Live from Caucus Mountain Remix)" as recorded by Boogie Down Productions, used courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment. The track also contains a sample of "Casa Bey" by Mos Def, used courtesy of Downtown Music LLC
"Best To You" contains elements of "Can You Feel The Force" by Real Thing, used courtesy of BMG / Rodean Music
"With Him" contains an audio excertp from the Marlon T. Riggs motion picture "Black Is... Black Ain’t", used courtesy of Signifyin’ Works
"E.V.P." contains a sample of "Chief Inspector" by Waliou Jacques Badarou, licensed courtesy of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Ltd.
"Love Ya" contains an audio clip of Ta-Nehisi Coates at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, used courtesy of Ta-Nehisi Coates & The Aspen Institute
"Desirée" contains an audio clip from the motion picture "Paris Is Burning", used courtesy of Miramax
"Hands Up" contains an audio clip of Vince Staples, used courtesy of Vince Staples
"Squash Squash" contains elements of "Needle To The Groove" by Mantronix, used courtesy of Phase One Network, Inc. © 1985; "World’s Famous" by Malcolm McLaren, used courtesy of Virgin Records & "High Street" by Blood Orange featuring Skepta, used courtesy of Domino Recording Co. Ltd. & Skepta
"Thank You" contains samples of "Stakes Is High" by De La Soul, produced under license from Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. The track also contains a sample of "Make Up" by Empress Of, from the album "Me", used courtesy of Terrible Records by arrangement with Beggars Group Media Ltd.

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Barcode (Scanned (From Sticker)): 887828036912

( pitchfork) "

“Hands Up” references the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida, where George Zimmerman—a neighborhood watch volunteer—shot the unarmed teenager and claimed self-defense. “Keep your hood off when you’re walking…” Hynes warns. “Sure enough, they’re gonna take your body.” Throughout Freetown, he speaks directly to those who look like him—the overlooked and under-appreciated, the persecuted and misunderstood—consoling his community while highlighting our collective grace. “Chance” treads the same ground as D’Angelo’s “The Charade,” using self-hurt to dissect racial inequality. “All I ever wanted was a chance for myself,” Hynes moans through a voice steeped in sadness.

Formerly known as Lightspeed Champion, Hynes used to play in punk-rock band Test Icicles before moving on to create folk/pop hybrids. 2011’s Coastal Grooves—Hynes’ first album as Blood Orange—combined new wave and electro-soul, even if the results just barely scratched the surface of what we hear from him now. Freetown is more expansive than 2013’s stellar Cupid Deluxe, but it moves quicker, packing funk and ‘80s R&B into a coherent set. Between his nuanced baritone and creative approach, the album resembles a Saul Williams release, as something overtly political and complex while pulling in many different genres. Songs like “Desirée” and “Best to You” are especially nostalgic, employing festive soul grooves and tropical dance. “Juicy 1-4,” “But You,” and “Thank You” take tonal cues from Michael Jackson, mimicking the optimistic glow of ballads like “Human Nature” and “Man in the Mirror.” In a good way, Hynes is able to pull from these musicians while crafting an aesthetic that’s uniquely his. He takes on a director’s role at times, stepping aside vocally and allowing his features to shine. Hynes mostly sings with and writes for women, which adds another layer of dignity to his art. Nelly Furtado takes the lead on “Hadron Collider” and Blondie frontwoman Deborah Harry sounds perfectly at home on “E.V.P.,” a rubbery funk instrumental seemingly plucked from that band's discography. "

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Condition New
Format 2LP
Label Domino Records
Color Black