October 27, 2015


Hear Blood Orange's Powerful Ode to Sandra Bland, "Sandra's Smile"

Blood Orange mastermind Dev Hynes is known for his production work with some of the biggest names in pop, but his original material is just as great. Today he's shared an emotive new tune titled "Sandra's Smile."

The electro-pop song acts as an ode to Sandra Bland, the African-American woman who died in police custody earlier this year.

All proceeds from the song will go to Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. Hynes shared his connection with the establishment in a statement:

"Playing music saved my life; if it wasn't for the chance to play cello or piano when I was a kid growing up in Essex, I shudder to think where I'd be right now. At this point in my life, all that matters to me is giving back to communities and making people happy, so I have decided to put on a fun night of performances at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem that is hopefully affordable to all, with all proceeds going to the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. New York City, let's have some fun!"

Watch and listen above, then check out our list of the best indie songs we heard last month.