Blood Orange selects his tracks of the moment, from Eminem to Kwes and Benjamin Britten
Since his Test Icicles and Lightspeed Champion days, Dev Hynes has been a man of many influences. Now, he's now emerged as a twisted pop idol for a post-Prince generation. From Lou Reed to The Latin Rascals, he tells Dazed about the singers and musicians he has on constant replay.
Eminem – “Bad Guy”
"The first time I heard it, it fucking floored me, it’s so amazing. I was so excited about the album. It’s track one on The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and so it kind of was like everything I wanted."
Wally Badarou – “Mambo”
"Just texturally it’s great. I revisited it because Kwes messaged saying that “Chamakay” reminded him of Wally Badarou, and it reminded me to listen to Wally Badarou. And it wasn't on my mind, but i was like, i’ll take it."
Kwes – “36”
"This is one of my favourite tracks of his. The video is good, it’s set in a suburb, tand there’s kids on bikes in slow motion."
Lou Reed – “Crazy Feeling”
"I had to choose this because I love Lou Reed, I was so sad about what happened about him dying recently. Lyrically, he’s such an influence. I have a book that has every lyric he’s ever written and I used to study it."
The Latin Rascals – “Lisa’s Coming”
"It’s just such a jam, it always makes me want to dance. It’s on Tommy Boy Records, which was kind of an influence for the second half of this album."
Wendy Sutter – “Songs and Poems for Solo Cello”
"I've been listening to her album, Songs and Poems for Solo Cello, a lot lately. It's a completely solo cello album with Philip Glass."
Benjamin Britten –“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
"I’ve been kind of listening to the composer Britten and his rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The opening track is a choral section where all the weird fairies, who are played by kids in the production, sing. It’s a crazy opening melody and chord sequence – really amazing."
Read our interview with Dev Hynes on Cupid Deluxe here