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Coastal Grooves


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Coastal Grooves is the debut album by Dev Hynes as Blood Orange, originally released in 2011.

“Devonté Hynes has produced a lot of music. Some for himself: Testicicles, Lightspeed Champion and some for others: Basement Jaxx, Florence & The Machine, Theophilus London, Solange Knowles, Cassie, Diana Vickers. Somewhere in between all of this, Blood Orange was created.

Hynes has been living in New York City for the past three years where he has been concentrating on writing and producing for other artists. He simultaneously worked on songs in his bedroom, compiling them onto mixtapes that he would listen to while traveling around the city at night, letting the city’s nocturnal ecosystem seep into the music in his headphones.

Informed by the equally neon atmosphere of Chris Issack, Billy Idol, 80's Japanese pop such as Yellow magic Orchestra and French singer F.R David, Hynes took the songs that form Coastal Grooves on a trip to the West Coast where he started turning the ideas into an album with producer Ariel Rechtshaid in L.A. Alongside the music he heard playing in after-hours bars, Hynes drew inspiration from the identity blurring work of transgender icons such as Octavia St Laurent and the playful high-gloss nihilsm of Gregg Araki movies. Blood Orange is the music of a seedy yet inspirational New York night time.” – Domino Records

“‘Coastal Grooves’ is inspired by the tragic, street-tuff transvestites of Jennie Livingston’s seminal NYC doc Paris Is Burning, cited as an influence by everyone from Madonna to Lady Gaga. Says the man himself, “I was trying to write songs that could be sung by a drag queen”, and it’s an ambition matched in the opening lyric of very first track ‘Forget It’. Propelled by puttering, funky guitar the song gives way to doomed romance in the chorus (“I am not your saviour”), revealing a thin, gauzy vocal from Hynes that’s notably less estuary-accented than before. ‘Sutphin Boulevard’ is even better, with a kerb-crawling swagger that brings to mind campy gang-flick fave The Warriors . It also dovetails well with the tranny love theme, grooving with all the train-wreck confidence of the guys’n’gals that populate Paris Is Burning.” – NME

Item description:


Blood Orange


Coastal Grooves




Vinyl, LP, Album



Release Date:

This reissue: 2013 | Original - 2011


Electronica, Soul, Pop


New Wave, Synth-pop

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