I'm a fairly new Blood Orange fan, I won't lie. It's not because his music isn't groundbreaking and unique, rather, it's my own ignorance in not discovering him and his other projects earlier. The truth is that ever since I started listening to his delicately produced masterpieces, I've fallen in love with being a fan of his. Much like one might say they are in love with being in love, or in love with the relationship they're in -- that's very much the case for me.
This song was one of the first that I fell for. It may even be my favorite song of 2014, despite its release in 2013 (found on Cupid Deluxe.) The very first note that had me hooked. I knew we were going somewhere, and I sensed that every turn of the journey would hold a surprise. But what really gets me in this song, and what my friends and I will sometimes even sing along to, is the guitar riff around 2:30.
If you've listened to the song before, you know what I'm talking about. But if you haven't, it's an absolute journey of an ending. For the last minute and a half, Hynes implements a house technique, without giving into a house sound. This is not by any means a house track. But the underlying guitar riff that stays the same throughout the entirety of the track serves as a groundwork for this special part of the song. There's a slight shift in the key at the beginning of the riff and that's when you know every verse will probably have something the last verse didn't have.
When you think about it that way, the entire song is a riff in a way. A magical one, at that. Hope this brings you as much joy as it's brought me.
Be sure to check out Hynes' SoundCloud for some of his latest work.