Posts Tagged ‘Dev Hynes’

Blood Orange – Champagne Coast

By • May 2nd, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

One of Webcuts favourite albums of 2011 was Coastal GroovesBlood Orange aka Dev Hynes. It was our “dancing in the dark, alone” album, or club grooves for loners. Directed by Haley Wollens, the video for “Champagne Coast” features an assortment of jerkily animated girls dancing in each of their specifically designed bedrooms, while Dev Hynes stands idly by. As Dev explained recently in The New York Times: “The song, as with every other piece of music I seem to make, is mostly about longing, creating scenarios in regards to an unrequited lover, plans that will never see fruition. So you’re left alone in your digitally created interior to dance by yourself”. We can also announce that Blood Orange has been confirmed to play at this year’s Field Day Festival in London’s Victoria Park on June 2nd. Further UK dates are to be announced.

Blood Orange – Coastal Grooves

By • Aug 16th, 2011 • Category: Album Reviews

Putting aside Lightspeed Champion, the chameleon musician/producer known as Dev Hynes unveils his latest project Blood Orange.

Blood Orange – Sutphin Boulevard

By • Jul 26th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

A once Test Icicle and with two albums to his name as Lightspeed Champion, Devonté Hynes has remained constant with his musical outpourings. Residing in New York City for the past three years, Hynes has been concentrating on writing and producing for other artists (Solange Knowles, Bleeding Knees Club), while continuing to work on new songs, compiling them onto mixtapes that he would listen to while travelling around the city at night (a process adopted by Wes Eisold of Cold Cave for their second album). Informed by such diverse artists as Chris Isaak, Billy Idol, 80’s Japanese pop such as Yellow Magic Orchestra and French singer F.R David, Hynes gave this new project a fresh name Blood Orange and took the songs that form Coastal Grooves on a trip to the West Coast where he started turning the ideas into an album in which the Prince-like, Twin Shadow-echoing urban groove of “Sutphin Boulevard” is the first taste of what to expect.

Lightspeed Champion – Madame Van Damme

By • Apr 18th, 2010 • Category: Webcut of the Week

“Kill me baby, won’t you kill me/Kill me baby, won’t you kill me”. Now there’s a refrain that’ll follow you around for days. Dev Hynes aka Lightspeed Champion has just announced details of his first UK shows since the release of his second album, Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You and to coincide with the tour, the delightfully macabre “Madame Van Damme” will be released as a digital single on May 10. Webcuts reviewed Life is Sweet some months ago, saying “this new album connects with the old: it’s still gaudy, and filled with beautiful songs giving bitter testimony to broken hearts and failing relationships, the main reason we loved Lightspeed from the beginning. This is just Dev Hynes being Dev Hynes.” As you can see from the video clip for “Madame Van Damme” proves our point. Scoring points for its low-budget style and its tongue-in-cheek charm, Hynes hams it up and reminds me why depression and heartache make for the best pop song subjects ever.

Lightspeed Champion – Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You

By • Feb 22nd, 2010 • Category: Album Reviews

Dev Hynes brings us more songs of bittersweet romance on his sophomore release as Lightspeed Champion.