Nothing beats the excitement of seeing someone you've liked since your teenage years; reviving faded memories into flesh. Dev Hynes was once a teenager shouting in the incredibly cool Test Icicles. Then he had his big folk phase with the charming Lightspeed Champion. And now, with Blood Orange, he sounds like he's embraced (or perhaps it has embraced him) a sexier sound which can only be blamed on his residency on Brooklyn, in my opinion.
From the single covers to Tumblr, the whole project refers to the greatness of the 80s gay scene of New York; the birthplace of balls, voguing and drag families. And in our opinion, this is probably the best (if not the first) non-house genre to reference that.
In the first single, 'Sutphin Boulevard', you get a sense of continuity from Theophilus London's 80s inspired 'Flying Overseas' and Twin Shadow's 'Castles In the Snow'. The former of which (produced by Dev himself) shares the same crystalline instruments and nostalgic atmosphere of 'Sutphin Boulevard' whilst the latter (produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor who also produced Blood Orange's debut) shares the same sexiness and weird vibe.
"The song 'Sutphin Boulevard' is about a young boy who dresses in drag, then at night sneaks out to party", as Dev described the track to Interview. The video directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz is an awesome interpretation of that.
If you like synthetic, hipnotic music, this Bicep remix of 'Sutphin Boulevard' will make your day.
The debut album, Coastal Grooves, will be released on 8th of August via Domino Records.