BLOOD ORANGE

NE­GRO SWAN

Bangor Mail - - THE MUSIC INTERVIEW -

A MAN never short of ideas, Devonte Hynes mar­shals his in­spi­ra­tions into an “hon­est look at the cor­ners of black ex­is­tence”.

The mul­ti­plic­ity of gen­res and switches of pace are ini­tially dizzy­ing – soul, acid R&B, ver­dant Prince-like ar­range­ments – but on later lis­tens Ne­gro Swan sounds like an al­bum rather than a mix­tape.

The record’s strong open­ing third fea­tures Wurl­itzers, flutes, Puff Daddy du­elling with TeiShi, and the lovely, mul­ti­fac­eted Jew­elry.

Speech sam­ples pro­vide en­cour­age­ment through­out, but in Run­nin’, Ge­or­gia Ann Muldrow’s sub­lime guest vo­cal does so with tow­er­ing force.

Hynes’ vi­sion and vul­ner­a­bil­ity make him a rare bird.

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