Dev Hynes is indie rock's suave singer-songwriter-producer du jour and a New York man about town. He's hanging in Central Park, kicking it with N'Sync's Chris Kirkpatrick in the East Village, browsing for books at the Strand, exploring the Metropolitan Museum of Art, showing off his messy apartment, playing tennis with the Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. (they're training for the Williamsburg Open) and enjoying a sunny day at Rockaway Beach. This, all while wearing his now-signature "NYC" hat.
Somehow, he's found time to record his second album as Blood Orange, called Cupid Deluxe, the follow up to 2011's Coastal Grooves out November 18. It was produced by Hynes in NYC, mixed by Jimmy Douglass (Hall & Oates, Justin Timberlake, Kanye, Bjork), and features a star-studded lineup of guests...
Which brings us to the five reasons why you should be excited for this record, in case the above didn't already convince you...
1. The guest list: David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), Samantha Urbani (Friends), Clams Casino, Queens rapper Despot, and many more.
2. The first single “Chamakay": Featuring Polachek on guest vocals, the song was recently named Best New Track by Pitchfork for good reason: It's super sexy and hushed, like the xx making love in the surf under the moonlight on a tropical island.
3. The video for "Chamakay": The awesome clip was shot in Georgetown, Guyana, the hometown of Hynes' mother. While visiting, Hynes told Pitchfork that he "tracked down family members, including my 92-year-old grandfather, who I had never met before. In this video you will see our first-ever meeting." Plus, dude dances and grooves across the whole damn South American nation.
4. Hynes' production/songwriting work: He's written and produced music for a ton of artists in recent years, including Sky Ferreira's breakout "Everything Is Embarrassing" and Solange's funk-soul jam "Losing You" and even joined Bey's lil sis for a live performance and dance routine on Fallon.
5. The name: Blood Orange is a much, much better name than Hynes' two previous monikers, Test Icicles and Lightspeed Champion. So, thanks for that.
Cupid Deluxe tracklist:
- You’re Not Good Enough
- Uncle Ace
- No Right Thing
- It Is What It Is
- Clipped On
- Always Let You Down
- On The Line
- High Street
- Time Will Tell