Dev Hynes is always working. When he’s not releasing music for his own Blood Orange project, whose last full-length was 2016’s excellent Freetown Sound, he’s collaborating with other artists as a songwriter and producer for the likes of Haim, Girlpool, Carly Rae Jepsen, FKA Twigs, and many others. It’s not so much striking while the iron is hot, but the actions of a restless, prolific creative who enjoys the process of making music as much as he enjoys releasing it into the world.
And while we’re expecting a new Blood Orange record at some point, maybe even this year, the latest pair of songs from Hynes are explicitly “not from the new album.” Instead, Hynes is honoring Black History Month with the duo of new tracks, “Christopher & 6th” and “June 12th.″ On the former, the song finds Hynes crooning over solo guitar work and what sounds like a chill house party. “I feel so safe,” he sings in the song’s closing moments, when some gentle keys work their way into the composition. On the second song, Hynes takes to spoken word to cover more personal territory, speaking about blackness and America before the song gives way to Hynes’ heartfelt singing.
You can listen to both of the new Blood Orange songs, “Christopher & 6th” and “June 12th,″ below.