Friends Samantha Urbani Blood Orange Dev Hynes

While honoring Blood Orange’s Cupid Deluxe as last week’s Album Of The Week, Tom noted a powerful connection at work: “Friends singer Samantha Urbani is Hynes’s girlfriend, and on Cupid Deluxe, she’s also his Snoop Doggy Dogg, an effortlessly smooth stoner-pop vocalist who steals entire songs without even necessarily trying.” He went on to note that within Hynes’s soft-focus sonic realm, Urbani “sounds better than ever, her sassily smoky alto hovering just above Hynes’s marimba-dings and bass-pops.” Now Hynes’s SoundCloud has blessed us with more of that combination in the form of a new Blood Orange mix of the Friends single “The Way.” Hynes was already involved in the original, but this new version finds him dueting with Urbani as the song’s ghostly funk undercurrents come further to the fore. It’s a lovely bonus for those of us fiending for more Cupid Deluxe offshoots, and you can download it below.

For more of this pairing, check Hynes and Urbani’s cover of “Hurt U” by Babyface and Toni Braxton.

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