This week’s Listening Party focuses on Blood Orange. Listening Party is a curated weekly column promoting music discovery and encouraging concert-going. Featuring someone we’ve been jamming out to and we recommend to the masses, each Listening Party artist has an upcoming show at a local NYC venue. Grab your headphones and read on.
WHO: Singer/Songwriter/Producer Devonte Hynes aka Blood Orange
THEY SAY: “I’ll never leave you if you’re thinking that it’s all the same. I’ll never trust you if you’re thinking that it’s just a game.”
WE SAY: Soulful, wintry, rhythmic jams
FROM: New York City / Los Angeles
LABELS: Domino Records / Terrible Records
Recent Work: Cupid Deluxe
Upcoming Show: This Friday (11/15) at 285 Kent
To say that Devonte Hynes’ background in the music industry is eclectic wouldn’t be sufficient. In 2004 he formed Test Icicles, a fiery indie, alt rock band, which came to it’s demise in 2006. He then began recording as Lightspeed Champion, and is now making music as Blood Orange. Hynes has produced and co-written songs with many indie-crossover and popular artists like Solange, Sky Ferreira, Theophilus London, The Chemical Brothers, and Florence and the Machine (just to name a few). He has also worked as a fashion consultant for Jay-Z’s clothing company, Roccawear. The singer/songwriter/producer has redefined the laws of pop, r&b, soul and dance fusion and continues to do so in his excellent sophomore album, Cupid Deluxe. Clams Casino, Dirty Projectors and Samantha Urbani (Friends) all make appearances on the album, adding to the already boisterous and hypnotic mesh of funk, soul, and chillwave. Cupid Deluxe comes out on November 18th and you can catch Blood Orange this Friday at 285 Kent.