Blood Orange – Negro Swan - 2018 Alt Indie Pop R+B - Orange Vinyl 2LP
Blood Orange – Negro Swan
Domino – WIGLP421X
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Deluxe Edition, Orange
05 Oct 2018
Hip Hop, Funk / Soul, Pop
Contemporary R&B, Indie Pop
Mikaelin "Blue" Bluespruce*Vocals – Amandla Stenberg, Ian IsiahVocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Saxophone, Drums – Devonté Hynes Voice [Spoken Word] – Janet Mock
Jason Arce Vocals – Aaron Maine, Adam Bainbridge, Ava Raiin, BEA1991Vocals, *
A3 Take Your Time
Featuring [Feat.] – Puff Daddy,
– Jason Arce Vocals – Eva Tolkin, Ian Isiah Vocals,
Jason ArceVoice [Spoken Word] – Janet Mock
B2 Charcoal Baby
B3 Vulture Baby
B4 Chewing Gum
Featuring [Feat.] – A$AP Rocky*,
C1 Holy Will
– Zach Brown
C2 Dagenham Dream
C3 Nappy Wonder
D1 Out Of Your League
Joe Visciano Vocals,
D2 Minetta Creek
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Domino Recording Co. Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Domino Recording Co. Ltd.
Published By – Domino Publishing Co. Ltd.
Published By – YVR Publishing
Published By – Bad Roommate Music
Published By – Domino US Publishing Company
Published By – A$AP Rocky Music Publishing LLC
Published By – Sony ATV
Published By – Copyright Control
Published By – Bridgeport Music, Inc.
Published By – Epistrophik Peach Publishing
Published By – Moyalaces
Mixed At – Lounge Studios, NYC
Mixed At – Electric Lady Studios
Recorded At – Daddy's House Studios
Art Direction – Devonté Hynes*
Design – Matthew Cooper (2)
Photography By [Cover Photography] – Ana Kraš
Producer – Devonté Hynes*
Deluxe Edition on Orange Heavyweight 2xLP - Includes Digital Download
All tracks (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS)) except:
"Hope" (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) / YVR Publishing / Bad Roommate Music (BMI))
"Charcoal Baby" (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) / Domino US Publishing Co. (SESAC))
"Chewing Gum" (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) / A$AP Rocky Music Publishing / Sony ATV / Copyright Control). Contains a sample of "Lookin' For Da Chewin'" by Kingpin Skinny Pimp, courtesy of Prophet Entertainment, the song also contains spoken word elements by Tommy Wright, audio recording owner unknown.
"Holly Will" contains portions of "Center Of They Will" (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) / Bridgeport Music Inc.)
"Runnin'" (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) / Epistrophik Peach Publishing / Copyright Control)
"Out Of Your League" (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) / Moyalaces)
"Smoke" (Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS) / Copyright Control)
Puff Daddy's vocal recorded at Daddy's House Studios in Los Angeles, CA
Tei Shi appears courtesy of Downtown Records (8)
Ian Isiah appears courtesy of UNO NYC
Georgia Anne Muldrow appears courtesy of SomeOthaShip Connect
A$AP Rocky appears courtesy of RCA and A$AP Worldwide
Puff Daddy appears courtesy of Bad Boy Entertainment
Made in the EU ℗&© 2018 Domino Recordings Co. Ltd.
" On his fourth studio album as Blood Orange, musical polymath Devonté Hynes explores the comforts and complications of living a life as both/and—of being treated, to borrow from Thelonious Monk, as an ugly beauty. Negro Swan captures the scattershot, jittery, anxious, blissed-out-depressive feeling of what it’s like to be a marginalized person at a toxic and retrograde moment in global culture and politics.
Negro Swan’s world-weary opening track “Orlando” offers a 21st-century update on those tragic politics of deflation and depletion. Hynes’ production goes for pretty, sprightly textures: sampled street sounds, twinkling electric piano, chicken-cluck wah-wah guitar, and a mid-tempo funky shuffle beat. As if to alert us to sudden danger, a dancehall-style alarm goes off (alarms are a recurring motif on the album). Sounding like a quivering Curtis Mayfield, Hynes falsetto-croons the hook, “First kiss was the floor,” a blood-chilling reflection about being bullied/bashed as a child on a school bus.
Hynes has said that Negro Swan is about black depression as well as his own tumultuous childhood in England. Besides “Orlando,” glum, detuned “Dagenham Dream” also explores the ins and outs of his earliest memories (the title refers to a scrappy neighborhood in East London); and on foreboding "Nappy Wonder,” featuring cellist and singer Kelsey Lu, Hynes reminisces about former days in Barking (another East London town) over doodling piano, reversed guitar riffs, and drum and bass that irregularly drop in and out of the track. Fusing together alt-pop, progressive R&B, indie hip-hop, downtempo rock, and spacey chillwave into a minimalist emulsion, Negro Swan can be jumpy and hard to pin down. You get the sense tha
" Hynes has long made good as an in-demand alternative pop producer for starlets like Carly Rae Jepsen and Solange; and more recently, he’s had unexpected collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Girlpool, and Philip Glass. Negro Swan’s unpredictable guest list is a testament to Hynes’ curatorial savvy: The album features Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek, Colombian-Canadian vocalist Tei Shi, NYC vocalist Ian Isiah, alt-soul singer Georgia Anne Muldrow, actress Amandla Stenberg, as well Kindness’ Adam Bainbridge, Diana Gordon, and others' .( pitchfork)