Five on it: Blood Orange appreciation day

Blood Orange: Angel’s Pulse album artwork

Am I annoyed with Ed Sheeran for creating a collaborative album with enough of my faves on it that I will have to listen? Absolutely. Will any of those cuts make this weeks round-up? I’m afraid not.

Today, the only collaborative full-length release I am interested in is, of course, the one from Dev Hynes. Here’s your five on it.

Blood Orange – Angel’s Pulse mixtape

When Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, aka one of the greats of our time, puts out an album, it’s normally the case he has surplus material, or tracks he makes in the immediate aftermath – he is a very quick worker. Normally, he likes to give fans breathing space between albums, and so he puts extra material all together in a mixtape and just gives it to mates, maybe strangers on the street. This is the first time he’s put such a mixtape out for public consumption. A smooth epilogue to Negro Swan with plenty of gorgeous features and stellar instrumentation, we can’t wait to sink into this properly over the weekend. Listen to the full thing here.

Eve – ‘Reload’ ft. Konshens

Eve is back for the first time in six years, featuring the sweet tones of Konshens. It’s pretty different from what you might have in mind from old school Eve with its dancehall bounce, but she was always an adaptable queen and we’re into the humid melodies on this one and excited for more to come.  

Greentea Peng – ‘Downers’

Lithe and delicate, everything about this latest psych-tinged soul track from the rising London artist is beguiling, hypnotic and beautiful. 

Taliwhoah – ‘Juice’

This slinky track from the emerging UK R&B star dropped a few months back, but the video has just landed with its VR-channelling visuals. Those Aaliyah-esque vocals are getting us hyped for Taliwhoah’s debut album, which is set for the end of summer.

Emeli Sandé – ‘Shine’

A soaring and uplifting gospel-tinged number, the new one from Emeli Sandé features her sister in the video – a dedication to the person who helped her through a particularly rough patch in the past few years.

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