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EDITORS’ NOTES

Dev Hynes is a man of many talents, having dabbled in musical excursions as diverse as skronky dance punk (Test Icicles) and oddball folksiness (Lightspeed Champion). He’s also a producer and writer and has worked with artists like Florence + The Machine and Sky Ferreira. As Blood Orange, Hynes slips into something sleek, sexy, and transgressive, with a collection inspired by the film Paris Is Burning, a touching 1990 document of transvestite club culture in New York City. Coastal Grooves is a beautiful thing, with a hint of sadness and a palpable desire lurking under the sheen of ultra-cool confidence. The single “Sutphin Boulevard” is a slow, late-night strut, with a stripped-down ambience that glitters with spiraling, metallic guitar flakes and a terse snare cracking out a slow, catwalk-worthy backbeat. Hynes’ guitar morphs throughout Coastal Grooves as a synth might, taking on various forms as the song calls for them. The midway point of “Forget It” breaks open with a bona fide guitar solo, and on “Champagne Coast” he coaxes an Asian flavor out of the instrument.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dev Hynes is a man of many talents, having dabbled in musical excursions as diverse as skronky dance punk (Test Icicles) and oddball folksiness (Lightspeed Champion). He’s also a producer and writer and has worked with artists like Florence + The Machine and Sky Ferreira. As Blood Orange, Hynes slips into something sleek, sexy, and transgressive, with a collection inspired by the film Paris Is Burning, a touching 1990 document of transvestite club culture in New York City. Coastal Grooves is a beautiful thing, with a hint of sadness and a palpable desire lurking under the sheen of ultra-cool confidence. The single “Sutphin Boulevard” is a slow, late-night strut, with a stripped-down ambience that glitters with spiraling, metallic guitar flakes and a terse snare cracking out a slow, catwalk-worthy backbeat. Hynes’ guitar morphs throughout Coastal Grooves as a synth might, taking on various forms as the song calls for them. The midway point of “Forget It” breaks open with a bona fide guitar solo, and on “Champagne Coast” he coaxes an Asian flavor out of the instrument.

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About Blood Orange

After splitting with his band the Test Icicles and then recording as Lightspeed Champion, singer/songwriter Devonté Hynes switched up styles again and began making music under the pseudonym Blood Orange. For Hynes, a cult favorite who also worked on the side as a songwriter for some popular artists (including Florence + the Machine, Theophilus London, and Solange Knowles), and as a fashion consultant for Jay-Z's Rocawear, Blood Orange seemed like his most streamlined project, with R&B grooves and atmospheric chillwave keyboards. The debut album, Coastal Grooves, was released in the summer of 2011 on Domino Records. Along with spending more time working with Solange in 2012 -- the result being the True EP released in late 2012 -- Hynes also found time to collaborate with Nedelle Torrisi, Sky Ferreira, Foals, and even Britney Spears. Hynes' next move as Blood Orange was to release the decidedly '80s- and '90s-influenced follow-up album Cupid Deluxe in late 2013. Although his pal Solange didn't guest on the album, many friends did, including Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, Friends' Samantha Urbani, Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth, and Clams Casino. 2013 also saw the release of the producer's first film score for Gia Coppola's drama Palo Alto. Blood Orange returned in late 2015 with the track "Sandra's Smile," an ode to Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a jail cell in Texas after having been arrested for a minor traffic violation. He returned in the summer of 2016 with his third full-length effort, Freetown Sound. The record was named after the capital of Sierra Leone, where his father grew up, and documented a number of issues including race, sex, sexism, and religion. ~ Jason Lymangrover & Rob Wacey

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    Brooklyn, NY

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