11 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer, songwriter, and producer Dev Hynes’ follow-up to Coastal Grooves is a mix of hazy electronica, treading bass lines, and waves of stirring Prince-inspired vocals. From the stark midtempo rapping on “Clipped On” to the blog-buzzing harmonies of “Chamakay,” Cupid Deluxe is dimensional, hypnotizing, and amorphous. With contributors ranging from Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek to Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Cupid Deluxe is a distinct and mesmerizing album that proves Hynes is as talented at a soundboard as at a microphone.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer, songwriter, and producer Dev Hynes’ follow-up to Coastal Grooves is a mix of hazy electronica, treading bass lines, and waves of stirring Prince-inspired vocals. From the stark midtempo rapping on “Clipped On” to the blog-buzzing harmonies of “Chamakay,” Cupid Deluxe is dimensional, hypnotizing, and amorphous. With contributors ranging from Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek to Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Cupid Deluxe is a distinct and mesmerizing album that proves Hynes is as talented at a soundboard as at a microphone.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
319 Ratings
319 Ratings
AJ English ,

Mr Hynes, I resume...

Dev has had my ears since Test Icicles steady on through Lightspeed Champion and straight up until Blood Orange because he's continued to reinvent what music can be with the purest energy. Upon a few full listens now I can honestly say I've never heard music like this, though I hesitate to call it just music. I've allowed it to envelop me like a smoke machine in an empty karaoke bar-- a flashy disorienting onslaught of unexpected lights and sounds that keeps me spinning to catch a reflection in the mirrored room so as to not miss a single moment. His eclectic attention-deficit synesthetic breath is breathed into every humid groove of this record, and thats nothing to do with the fact that he doesn't seem to sing as much on this one, its more than his voice coming though, it's a life of inspiration and experience being dictated by a clean guitar through a choir of voices to the wet snare rhythm of Mom's tape deck.

AdamP. ,

How about waiting until the album is actually released!

Yeah, Ummm, maybe you wanna wait until the actual album IS RELEASED for a constructive review instead of reviewing a snippet of ONE song. I know its sooo difficult to actually make a couple clicks to review the single, but come on, don't review an album more than a month before its released! Looks promising and love his work with Solange, so I'm optimistic!

BrooksBenson ,

calm, cool, funky…

I had to listen to the album all the way through for my ear to start catching the sound, but now that it has, wow, I really really appreciate this album. Totally creative, and not really close to anything that I have listened to before. Very pleasant and something you can move to. Love it.

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