A Powerful Statement for Everyone
On June 28th, 2016 Blood Orange released his album, “Freetown Sound,” as a surprise three days before the release date of July 1st, 2016. Surprise releases are just like gifts you get for just being a fan. When Blood Orange released his, (to me), it was better when Beyonce and Kanye did it. Blood orange is full of surprises when it comes to his work. In his music he has surprise artists and it’s a surprise how well this hip-hop alternative sound works
Blood Orange, who was born in London, England and now lives in New York, has been involved in music since 2005. He has written for artists such as Solange Knowles, Florence and the Machine, FKA Twigs, and The Chemical Brothers, but his own career is one hell of a story. First it was part of the band Test Icicles, a dance punk trio, and released three albums under the band.
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He went solo in 2007 and started under the name Lightspeed Champion, with heavier, fun alternative style music, and released two albums under the name.
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All three of his acts he has been with Domino Records. Now he is Blood Orange and he could not be bigger with his R&B, hip-hop, electronic, indie pop, funk, soul, rock, dance, new wave sound.
Blood Orange has done three albums under the name. Blood Orange’s first album, “Coastal Grooves,” on August 29th, 2011, with the hit song, “Sutphin Boulevard.”
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Then on November, 18th, 2013, “Cupid Deluxe, came out and blew everyone’s mind with the hit song, “You’re Not Good Enough.”
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This album features artists like Clam Casino, Skepta, and David Longstreth from the Dirty Projectors. Now as a complete shock, he released, “Freedom Sound.”
This album features the artists, Nelly Furtado, Carly Rae Jepsen, Zuri Marley, Debbie Harry, (from Blondie), writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, and slam poet Ashlee Haze. This album includes the songs, “Best to You,”
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According to Instagram, Blood Orange says,
“My album is for everyone told they’re not black enough, too black, too queer, not queer the right way, the underappreciated, it’s a clapback.” (Blood Orange on an Instagram post about, “Freetown Sound.”)
Blood Orange wrote this at the beginning of the month, before the Orlando shooting and the LA Pride scare. He did admit on December of 2015 on Twitter, that,
“I’m not gay, but I’m not straight.” (Blood Orange in a Tweet on December of 2015).
This album is basically for people like Blood Orange, the people of different colors and sexualities. People who know what Blood Orange has been through, with what people told him are right and wrong, like in, “Love Ya,” with people telling him how to wear a ball cap or wear your pants, pretty much a song about the makings of manhood. “Augustine,” is basically a song about race-relations and the passing of Trayvon Martin. On the song, “Hands Up,” he belt out, “Don’t Shoot,” the phrase that Michael Brown said before he was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri by a police officer. (“Love Ya,” and, “Hands Up,” have technical issues uploading on multiple sources, check the songs out on Spotify). Blood Orange uses multiple styles of music because he’s multiple things and you can’t define him by the way he plays music and the way he acts, in music and in life. He’s a creative soul that wants his voice to be heard. Because of things like the Orlando shooting and Freddie Grey, it seems like we’re afraid of saying anything like we should be afraid of whom we are, or we’re going to die. Blood Orange is like a modern artist’s paintings, an artist uses random things to identify his/her work and express him/her. That’s how Blood Orange makes his music, he uses random sounds with powerful lyrics that make people feel like how they want to feel, and no one should be afraid of being a normal human and crying. Blood Orange is saying that the LGBTQ community, black, Asian, Latin, people with disabilities, anybody who’s quote on quote, “Different,” need to fight more than ever, because like the song, “Hadron Collider,” with Nelly Furtado says,
“A thousand halos in the sky, but we’re far from heaven.” (Blood Orange and Nelly Furtado in, “Hadron Collider.”).
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So join the movement, join the fight. Join him on Roskilde Festival in Denmark on June 30th, the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on July 15th-17th, and the Panorama Festival in New York on July 23rd. You can get, “Freetown Sound,” and all of his songs on iTunes, LP, and CD. You can get it on the Domino Records website. They are also available on Spotify and Soundcloud. We need an album like this, we needed a voice like Blood Orange’s, because when a holiday called Independence Day is coming up with no Independence because of all these conflicts, we need a voice to tell us we are free to be us.
Blood Orange: Freetown Sound
A beautiful mixtures of randomness and statements that need to be heard. With bold lyrics and incredible features hopefully what he’s saying will be heard.