New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Blood Orange

Posted by Amoebite, March 18, 2015 11:53am | Post a Comment

Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange

Devonte "Dev" Hynes is a British singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and author who is known by the stage names Blood Orange and Lightspeed Champion, the latter taken from a comic strip Hynes drew as a teenager. Hynes got his start as a member of the short-lived England based band, Test Icicles. In high demand as a producer and songwriter, Hynes has written for artists such as Florence and the Machine, The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, Sky Ferreira and Solange Knowles, among others.

Blood Orange's follow up to his 2011 debut, Coastal Groovesis the super collaborative production, Cupid Deluxe (Domino Recording Co, 2013). On Cupid Deluxe Hynes digs a little deeper to touch upon stories of change and people forgotten, but he still delivers those catchy pop textures we love from him. The album's 11 tracks take us from smooth backseat make-out music to funky influenced boom bap. There's a good reason why Hynes was hailed as the "20th coolest person in rock." Everyone could use a little Cupid Deluxe in their life. 

Blood Orange recently visited Amoeba Hollywood to do some record shopping. As is clear from his production work, Dev is influenced by many different genres and pulls from all sides of the musical spectrum. We get a little glimpse of this eclecticism in our What's In My Bag? episode. He starts in the Classical section, digging up a copy of Sibelius: Symphony 2 performed by The Royal Philharmonic. He follows it with John Lennon & Yoko Ono's classic Milk and Honey and Jessie Ware's latest, Tough Love, an album to which he contributed. Watch the full episode below to see just how far and wide his influences reach. 

Blood Orange - What's In My Bag?
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