Devonté Hynes is one of those ultra talented guys who’s been involved in all sides of the music scene for quite some time now.
From producing to composing to writing and so on, Hynes is just solid at whatever he gets his hands into. Between working with Florence and the Machine, Basement Jaxx, Theophilus London and more, Devonté culminated the music for what would be his first release under the alias Blood Orange. Released at the end of last summer, Coastal Grooves shows a whole other side of Hynes, one that wasn’t captured with his previous moniker Lightspeed Champion (and even before that, his group Test Icicles).
“Stuphin Boulevard” is a gritty track, one for the dark cobblestone alleys and the last subway trip home. The beat is pulsating and reserved while Hynes shows off his diverse vocal style, one that blends genres effortlessly. I also dig the track, “The Complete Knock” which has surfy guitar lines and a nice Brit-pop feel. I highly suggest checking the entire album out, one that Domino Records describes as “the music of a seedy yet inspirational New York night time.”
Get it (and right-click and enjoy).
PS. I’ll break out his older work for some insight.