The perpetually hip, multi-talented Dev Hynes is making a new solo album

by Barbara

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Here’s little run-down of his achievements and a couple of reasons why you should check out the upcoming album.

Dev Hynes is a man with many names and a slick ability to always be in the midst of some terribly cool electronic pop project. Last summer it was the breakthrough of Solange Knowles, in autumn it was Sky Ferreira and early this spring it was the very catchy cover of Kendrick Lamar’s Swimming Pools with Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan, also known as the original Sugarbabes.

The UK born Hynes has now swapped sides in the recording studio and is making his second album under the name Blood Orange.

Despite being quite secretive about the yet to be named album, he has during the past few months leaked a few hints on what to expect. So far it will be a collaborative album, with vocals including Spekta, Jessie Ware and Clams Casino on the production side. The album does not have a release date yet, but he says that it will be out before it turns chilly in New York. The album will be Blood Orange’s second album, following Coastal Grooves, which came out in 2011. And judging from his latest productions and remixes it bodes quite well for us listeners.

In his early years Hynes was in the brilliantly named nu-ravey punk band Test Icicles, but quickly switched gears and changed into the more subdued and folky Lightspeed Champion. After widespread success, Hynes managed to get enlisted to for work with the Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx and Florence and the Machine. He also wrote and produced a few tracks with Theophilus London and made an EP only consisting of Green Day covers. Somewhere in the middle Jay Z’s name popped in. And the list of achievements goes on.

On account of his very long list of diverse collaborations, he has ocassionally been pegged as being a little ‘faddish‘. However, for our money Hynes is extremely talented - and having the ability to always be in the right place, a few months before everybody else with catchy track under is arm doesn't hurt. Either way his upcoming album will most definitely be worth a listen.