With the release of second single “You’re Not Good Enough,” Blood Orange’s Cupid Deluxe is shaping up to be a late-breaking contender for the year-end listomania that infects music nerds worldwide, us included. The track, which follows on the heels of the iridescent sigh “Chamakay” in terms of release sequence and the album tracklist, finds Dev Hynes emoting breathily over an airy ’80s synth-plus-guitar groove reminisicent of a foggy-window take on Dire Straits, the Police’s “Every Breath You Take” or, as ever, Prince Rogers Nelson. It’s boilerplate Blood Orange, which is to say it effortlessly embodies Hynes’ well-honed aesthetic, and it rules. Hear it below in a Michael Jackson-inspired lyric video.
Cupid Deluxe is out 11/18 on Domino. Pre-order it here.