Tag Archives: Coastal Grooves

Watch: Blood Orange – “Chamakay”

16 Sep

Blood Orange Chamakay

Last week, on our blog birthday no less, the world was treated to an eagerly awaited new track from the musical Chameleon that is Dev Hynes. We like to think it was a little birthday present for us here at Alphabet Bands, but obviously we know the truth.

Continuing in his most recent incarnation as Blood Orange, Dev has somehow found time amongst all the writing and producing he does for a legion of other musicians to record a new album, Cupid Deluxe, which, if it is half as good as Coastal Grooves, could well end up as one of the year’s best.

“Chamakay” features the sultry voice of Caroline Polachek from Chairlift which combine and cavort with Dev’s own which here channel Terence Trent D’arby, D’Angelo and “Liberian Girl” crooning MJ.

Smooth, soulful melodies, slow jam R’n’B grooves and a sexy sax sound disguise the heaviness of emotion within. It’s a bit like a solo walk by a contemplative moonlit lake seen from a distance; a beautiful voyeuristic peep into the uneasy realisation that the rose tinted memory of the one that got away still haunts the heart.

Like Polachek’s vocal, the track is alluring and exotic, like the silhouette of a belly dancer seen across a smoky room, no doubt performing some of the smooth moves Dev himself is seen busting out in the video (which was directed by Adam Bainbridge, aka Kindness, and which you can see below).

”Chamakay” is out now on iTunes and ‘Cupid Deluxe’ is, according to Dev, coming soon.


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Watch: Blood Orange – “Forget It”

15 Feb

We love Blood Orange, you don’t even need to look back at our albums of 2011 feature to know that. So naturally, we look forward to anything new from Mr Dev Hynes and, in lieu of new tracks, a new video is good enough.

We’re not sure if releasing a video that shows Dev clearly loving his guitar more than his intended date (not like that, perverts) on Valentine’s day was an intentional piece of irony or not, but we love it. We also love the fact that he puts down the guitar just as the Prince-eque solo kicks in, and brushes his teeth instead.

Check it out below.

Blood Orange Announce US Tour

21 Sep

Last year, we had the very great pleasure of watching Devonté Hynes perform under the guise of Lightspeed Champion and then got to spend some time with the man himself afterwards. This year, we have been loving his latest alter ego, Blood Orange, his excellent new album, Coastal Grooves, and are dying to see him play live once more in the East of England.

So it is with no small amount of jealousy that we announce a forthcoming US tour (grrrr) for Dev and his current musical incarnation. Worryingly, on his website, he also claims it could well be the last tour for Blood Orange. Say it aint so, Dev, say it aint so.

All our lucky American readers can catch Blood Orange in support of Can’t, who incidently, Dev will also be playing for, on the following dates in October.

01 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
02 Media Club Vancouver, British Columbia
03 Triple Door Seattle, WA
05 The Independent San Francisco, CA
07 Soda Bar San Diego, CA
08 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
11 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
12 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
14 The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
15 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN
16 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
18 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
19 Magic Stick Detroit, MI
21 Garrison Toronto, Ontario
22 Cabaret Mile End Montreal, Quebec
24 Middle East Downstairs Boston, MA
25 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
27 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA
28 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, DC

Meanwhile, those of us here in the UK will just have to make do with videos like this one.