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Devonté Hynes (born David Joseph Michael Hynes; 23 December 1985), also known as Blood Orange and formerly Lightspeed Champion, is an English singer, songwriter, record producer and director. From 2004 to 2006, Hynes was a member of the band Test Icicles, playing guitar, synth, and occasionally performing vocals. They released one full-length album in 2005. Hynes went on to release two solo studio albums as Lightspeed Champion and subsequently four more as Blood Orange, between 2008 and 2018.
He has written, played or produced for and with artists such as Tinashe, Solange Knowles, Connan Mockasin, Tei Shi, Sky Ferreira, FKA twigs, Haim, Florence and the Machine, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Chemical Brothers, Kylie Minogue, A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, Blondie, Harry Styles, Jazmine Sullivan, and Mariah Carey. […]
Whenever I do remixes, it’s always such a conundrum. If I like a song, I don’t want to redo it, you know? So I try to see it almost as an alternate reality. … I thought ‘Deep Down’ would be one of the most challenging songs, which is why I picked it.Dev Hynes – From Rolling Stone, April 15, 2021
From Rolling Stone, April 15, 2021:
Stranded for the moment at “a rented house with very limited equipment,” Hynes started by pitching up McCartney’s original vocals by five per cent. “Then I removed all the chords and played around on keys to find some new, interesting chords to match,” he says. He went on to layer in the sounds of a chintzy clarinet and cello that he’d bought online during the pandemic — “They’re, like, the worst-made instruments you can imagine, but I used them” — and tinkered with studio effects until he arrived at an elegant marriage of Revolver-ish psychedelia and his own cool, sophisticated pop.
“I had to record some backwards guitar,” Hynes adds with a laugh. “I don’t know how many times I’m ever going to be linked to Paul McCartney in my life!”
Last updated on April 16, 2021