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.

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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About Blood Orange

Whether working under the Blood Orange banner or as a writer/producer in his own name, Devonté “Dev” Hynes has emerged as one of the more imaginative artists of his generation, exploring a kaleidoscopic—and proudly Afrocentric—hybrid of R&B, jazz, classical, and club music. Born in London in 1985, to a Guyanese father and a Sierra Leonean mother, Hynes started his career with dance-punk band Test Icicles before heading up the folky Lightspeed Champion—an early hint at Hynes’ curious, genre-fluid approach. After a move to New York in 2007, he launched Blood Orange, a project that explored both Hynes’ own identity and black identity in general, weaving bits of poetry and found sound into a collage-like whole that he described to Beats 1 host Zane Lowe as less a collection of discrete songs than “a world for people to be in.” That approach is best exemplified by 2018's Negro Swan, an album of haunting, impressionistic R&B spliced together with snippets of conversation and spoken-word from Puffy Daddy and transgender-rights activist Janet Mock. Hynes has concurrently built an impressive résumé as a writer and producer, straddling the worlds of pop (Kylie Minogue, Carly Rae Jepsen), hip-hop (A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller), progressive R&B (Solange, FKA twigs), classical music, and film composition, establishing himself as an artist with a flexible—but increasingly recognizable—style.

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