Freetown Sound, the new album from Blood Orange, is named after Freetown, Sierra Leone. The talented songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Devonte Hynes records and performs as Blood Orange, and Freetown is where his father was born. Hynes himself was born in London, where he began his music career as a part of the edgy punk-dance group Test Icicles. He moved to New York City in 2007, and began releasing music as Lightspeed Champion. By late 2009, he was Blood Orange. Freetown Sound is the third full-length Blood Orange release. With each new release, Hynes' reputation has grown. The new album is attracting notice not only for the quality of the songwriting and production, but also because Hynes' exploration of race and gender issues is very timely.