Songs I Wish Everyone Knew: “Uncle Ace” By Blood Orange

Devonté Hynes is one of the best songwriters, producers, and all around musicians in the world today, but he rarely receives the attention he deserves. He spent most of 2012 working with artists such as Solange and Sky Ferreira, but last last year he unleashed some music of his own. Under his Blood Orange alias, alongside a collection of other incredible musicians, his Cupid Deluxe LP is a truly remarkable record that exemplifies his very unique brand of alternative R&B. Swirling with lush grooves, atmospheric production, and sultry vocals, the album is consistently awesome from start to finish, but there are certain moments that stick out more than others. One such track is “Uncle Ace,” a whirlwind composition that packs in several facets of Dev’s genius, yet manages to read as one consistent track. Beginning with  seductive spoken verses and ultimately reaching a brief, but comfortably smooth sung hook, it’s the instrumental climax in the end that will give you chills. Riding on a simple, but effective progression, the arrangement is a dazzling attack on the senses, especially that glorious horn line. You can accredit inspiration for “Uncle Ace” to everyone from Prince to New Order to David Bowie to Otis Redding, but it’s the way Mr. Hynes walks out completely owning a sound all to himself that makes it truly remarkable. This song will challenge you, but you’re not going to be able to resist.




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