Boomkat Product Review:
Dev Hynes doesn’t do Blood Orange by halves, and Freetown Sound is a spectacular demonstration of the symbiosis between his song-writing and incredibly lush production style, placing him as one of his generation’s most vital R&B-pop minds.
Circulating a pantheon of female voices - counting Nelly Furtado, Debbie Harry, and Carly Rae Jepsen among them - along with his own, Prince-style range, and those of Ian Isiah and Starchild, there’s little time for instrumental introspection among these 17 breezy but airtight soul cuts, each draped in gorgeous vox of all stripes and mutually strong in tone and power.
It’s quite a statement, clocking up an hour of wildly diverse yet coherent ideas from track to track, and even within each cut, meta-structured with skits, field recordings and dynamic turns of phrase that many songwriter/producers of his own age (roughly 31?) simply stop short of, and rarely with as much instrumental finesse or such a sense of optimism.