Friday, May 6, 2011

you wrestled your nightmares, the sweat from your bedsheets.

i've always been a fan of dev hynes various musical incarnations. from the quirkiness of lightspeed champion to his appropriate throwback hooks for theophilus london, his latest project blood orange seems to pick up exactly where TL left him - two decades behind.

decked in his finest threads (knicks snapback, hightop timberlands, harry potter circular frames complete with a jumpman earring), blood orange channels the vibe of 90's r&b predecessors: new edition, toni! tony! tone!, shai and blackstreet, but abandons the era's affinity for cheesy undertones in lieu of hyper-sensuality. it's all very new york undercover and no surprises here, i love it.