Listen to Blood Orange’s Two New Songs For Black History Month

 

Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) has released two new tracks in celebration of Black History Month, titled “Christopher & 6th” and “June 12th.”

The tracks came to us through Instagram with the caption “U must luv urself!” He also confirms in the post that the songs are not off of his forthcoming new album, the as-yet-untitled followup to 2016’s Freetown Sound. 

The album was “78% done” in November, according to a live conversation he participated in at The New Yorker Festival. Thematically, he said “A lot of the new songs on the new album deal with growing up and childhood in England. Looking at the country that made me.”

 

 

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dev Hynes Are Lifelong Lovers For ‘Deadly Valentine’

 

Imagine if The Notebook had been recreated as an art film and, instead of being about building houses with your bare hands and climbing Ferris wheels, it was about dressing in all white and running a lot. That’s the premise behind the decade-spanning new video from our favorite French-British singer and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.

In the clip for her song “Deadly Valentine,” from her new album Rest, Gainsbourg tell the story of two lifelong lovers who dance and run through their lives together, all while dressed for a wedding – but their life is the wedding, because that’s art. Gainsbourg enlisted the help of Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, which means that yes, they danced quite a lot.

“Each video came from personal, resonating ideas,” Gainsbourg explains. “This song mixes wedding vows with an offbeat tone. I wanted to express the idea of a lifetime engagement; a couple running to church, from childhood to old age, a lifetime path. I asked my friend Dev Hynes if he would play my partner, and he very graciously agreed. It was fun finding our younger and older selves!”

The record will be her first since 2010 and is set for release on November 17.

 

Emma Roberts, Gia Coppola, and Dev Hynes at James Franco’s ‘Palo Alto’ After Party

Up & Down hosted the after party for Ms. Gia Coppolas film ‘Palo Alto’.

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Performance by Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) who also did a few songs on the soundtrack

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Sandstorm Coachella Massacre

Sandy Kim in a sandstorm outfit.

Sometimes during Coachella you really have to take time to rejuvenate at one of the many oasis spots that pop up for the weekend across Palm Desert.

Especially if a sandstorm is threatening to potentially ruin your life. Which is exactly what happened. The gritty winds devoured my camera, and these are the last photos I got before Coachella finally got to me.

1Niki Takesh at the Stylebop party
Niki Takesh at the Stylebop party

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Dev Hynes from Blood Orange

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Pool at the Guess hotel party

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Shanina Shaik

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Karley Sciortino from Slutever

9 11Sandy Kim and boyfriend Colby from DIIV walking in a sandstorm
Sandy Kim and boyfriend Colby from DIIV walking in a sandstorm

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Makeout selfie

BlackBook Tracks #37: Ketchup And Mustard

In the music world, this was far from a slow news week. (Couldn’t Gucci Mane have saved his Twitter freakout for later?) Here’s a sampling of what’s been going on over the past few days to help you catch up. I’m leaving Arcade Fire out of this, though, because you’ve probably already heard “Reflektor” and there’s only so much time you can spend holding your phone up to your computer.

 
 

Blood Orange – “Chamakay”

Dev Hynes’ long-presumed dead post-punk group Test Icicles may have been revived in DJ form, but he’s truly come into his own over the past few years as the alt-pop act Blood Orange. He’s gone on quite an extensive artistic journey, but his new video for “Chamakay” sees Hynes traveling to Guyana to connect with family members he had never met. A wistful, not quite nostalgic mood hangs over the song, and additional vocals from Chairlift frontwoman Caroline Polachek add to the feeling of watching a ghost become solid.
 
 

Banks ft. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – “Bedroom Wall”

LA chanteuse Banks is currently on the road with the Weeknd, and while she may not be as prolific as her tourmate, she might be on her way to outshining R&B’s partied-out poster boy. English producer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs has a knack for making songs that sound both otherworldly and intimate, though “Bedroom Wall” is decidedly more minimalist than his own material, letting Banks’ warm vocals shine through. The two previously teamed up for Banks’ song “Warm Water.”
 
 

FKA twigs – “Papi Pacify”

From Jessie Ware to AlunaGeorge, the UK’s been producing plenty of fresh talent with diva potential. London’s FKA twigs immediately grabbed attention with first single “Water Me,” and second offering “Papi Pacify” will ensure her stock keeps rising. Directed by FKA twigs and Tom Beard, the video reflects the glittering, smoky, Arca-assisted production while getting just a bit smothering. FKA twigs’ EP2 is out next week on Young Turks.
 
 

Goldroom ft. Ariela Jacobs – “Embrace”

Producer and DJ Josh Legg, aka Goldroom, might be one of the hardest-working guys in music right now. On the title track from his new Embrace EP, he enlists singer Ariela Jacobs to show that summer doesn’t have to be over yet. “Embrace” is sunkissed and soaring, daring you to have one last pool party.
 
 

Darkstar –  “A Day’s Pay For A Day’s Work”

London electronic trio Darkstar released its second album News From Nowhere earlier this year on Warp, and there’s still plenty of life in it. The band just released the video for “A Day’s Pay For A Day’s Work,” directed by Lucy Luscombe. Depicting a training session in trust exercises, the clip reflects the cozy, softly swooning track with the refrain of “I never cared so much for losing touch.” Fall back, someone will catch you.

Personal Faves: The Man Behind the Music, Dev Hynes

Instead of ending the year with a slew of Best Of lists, BlackBook asked our contributors to share the most important moments in art, music, film, television, and fashion that took place in 2012. Here, Natalie Alcala writes of the big year for multi-hyphenate wunderkind, Dev Hynes.

One rainy September night during London Fashion Week, a who’s who of style influencers swarmed the Liberty of London boutique for a Kenzo fête hosted by the Parisian label’s new creative directors, Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. Just as open bar debauchery began to form, gravitating guitar sounds beckoned partygoers to the stage, where an exceedingly stylish fella in a red suit and a black leather baseball cap held their eardrums captive for the rest of the night. Meet Devonté "Dev" Hynes.

Although the Texas born, British bred multi-hyphenate musician performed as Blood Orange that night—and most nights these days—he’s also been known as Lightspeed Champion. "It’s all the same shit really," says Hynes of his various guises. "I just use different names to help aid people’s minds." Mind aiding is necessary for those not accustomed to the 26-year-old’s mad scientist-style skills, which include wizardry on the bass, guitar, cello, drums and violin, writing and producing songs for the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Diana Vickers, and Theophilus London, and working with celebrities like former Saturday Night Live funny lady Kristen Wiig (who could forget that "Rock My Body" duet from the MacGruber soundtrack?).

But even virgin ears at the LFW party that were unfamiliar with the wunderkind and his impressive body of work, were instantly hooked to Hynes’ retro-infused rock, funk, folk and soul vibe—a sound that’s impossible to pigeonhole. "I only care about melodies and chords, which is why my music is all over the place," Hynes explains. "But if you listen carefully, nothing is really changing too much, aside from aesthetic." His delightfully scattered sounds led to a host of opportunities this year, including a tour with Florence + The Machine and a hot-ticket gig composing the soundtrack to Kenzo’s Paris Fashion Week show.

The Blood Orange takeover didn’t stop there. Hynes is also the mastermind behind Sky Ferreira’s single "Everything is Embarassing," which was recently named "Song Of The Year" in the culture issue of New York Magazine. "I wrote it at my piano only thinking about Sky singing it," Hynes reveals. "The song is about what I was imagining my girlfriend, who I was going through a break up with at the time, was thinking of me. I love Sky’s voice so I was definitely writing imagining her and only her singing it." The result? An infectiously melancholy ’80s-inspired pop ballad that’s the new anthem for the brokenhearted: "Maybe if you let me be your lover/Maybe if you tried then I would not bother." (Bonus: Watch Hynes performing the song himself at the Grimes show a few weeks ago here.)

Of all of the artist’s personal, professional, and recreational highlights this year, which also include attending a screening of Spike Lee’s Bad 25 documentary ("I didn’t think in 2012 it was possible for Michael Jackson to change my life again") and the Knicks’ knock-out opening run ("It’s crazy!"), Hynes considers his work on Solange Knowles’ new 7-track EP, True, his finest accomplishment. "Finishing the Solange record felt great," says Hynes of Beyoncé’s little sister’s hypnotic third record. "We’re both people that have a hard time knowing when something is finished because we could tweak it away forever. But realizing that it was done, and how happy we felt about it, was a great feeling." Since its release on November 27, True has received tons of buzz for its funky first single, "Losing You," which Knowles and Hynes recently performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, complete with badass choreographed dance moves. (Yes, Hynes can dance, too.)

While Dev Hynes, Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion, and whatever clever name he dreams up next will certainly continue to slay the music game through 2013 and beyond, I can’t help but wonder what the multi-talented dude would have done if he didn’t have this gift. "I always wanted to be a biographer when I was younger," he says. "But in reality, I’d either be playing football [Ed note: or "soccer" for the Americans folks] still, or tennis." Yes, tennis. And although he’s worked with just about every established and emerging artist under the sun—who might he be interested in collaborating with next, either in real life or fantasy form? "It would have to be the late avant-garde dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham." Of course. And if all this—the music, the fame, the fun, the recognition, the world—suddenly ends today, what does Hynes want to be remembered for? "A grand ol’ laugh!"

Solange Goes From South Africa To Your Earholes on “Losing You”

Beyoncé may have gotten to experience the star-packed opening of the Barclays Center led by her partner-in-crime Jay-Z, but excelling over the airwaves this week is her sister, Solange. Her Dev Hynes-produced new single “Losing You,” released earlier this week, pops and shimmers and sports lots of little sonic surprises, from the excited sampled yelps to earworm handclaps to Solange’s own voice, of course, as she relays her concerns about her relationship.

The video, directed by Melina Matsoukas (who has directed a number of videos for Rihanna, Lady Gaga as well as previous clips for both Knowles sisters), depicts the singer traveling through South Africa. On her way, she encounters dapper gents with parasols, croquet matches and beer-bottle bowling and lots of people having a good time, as most music videos do, though the final shot is actually quite haunting. Watch.