[2013.10.19] Tom Hollingworth, for NARC Magazine.
Upon a second listen through, it clicked that there is an underlying bravery to Blood Orange's (Devonte Hynes) Cupid Deluxe that is quite exceptional: a fearlessness in the writing, to allow each track time to breathe, and a comfortability to put himself aside of the centre too. This third LP features many guest musicians diversifying the sound whilst nurturing the records central themes surrounding love.
Skepta supports Hyne's heritage in High Street, whilst Chosen sports a French accented monologue, and Clipped On is made in the spirit of New York. You're Not Good Enough is a heartbreaking classic. The dense content over the fifty-odd minutes asks for consumption like a Christmas dinner does, but it is worth unbuttoning your trousers for. This creativity must not be denied or underestimated. A fantastic record.