Dev Hynes, musical elixir to the likes of Mutya Keisha Siobhan, Solange, and Sky Ferreira, has been teasing new music ever since he started driving around NYC playing his new album out of his car. For those of us who haven’t crossed paths with Hynes over the past couple of months, the release of “Chamakay” marks the first new music from Hynes as Blood Orange, his musical project which provided 2011 with one of its essential albums, Coastal Grooves.
While his midas touch as a producer became known throughout the year, it would be safe to question whether Hynes would have any material left for his solo project. “Chamakay” is a welcome addition to Hynes’ growing discography, slowly expanding the borders of his sound. The song has a way of creeping into a comfort zone made possible by the minimalist production values on display. Based on a percussive and vocal melody, accented beautifully by Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek, the song has a sense of levity while Hynes and Polachek act as musical dynamite with powerful, reactive vocal performances. All put together, it’s the most powerful artistic statement made by Blood Orange.
Blood Orange’s sophomore album is due out later this year. It’s called Cupid Deluxe.