Britain born, New York-based singer/songwriter Dev Hynes has always carried himself with an idiosyncratic grace that suggests that he’s more than capable of penning a mainstream hit. But where would the fun in that be? Hopscotching across sounds, from dance-punk as Test Icicles, to confessional folk balladeer, to positioning himself as a next-generation Prince with the R&B-leaning project Blood Orange, Hynes has approached with each of his musical incarnations with an outsider’s ear and a “feet first” mentality.
It’s his left-of-center approach to music that’s transformed Hynes from genre-skipping lone wolf to in-demand collaborator, his list of credits stretched across so many bands and projects it’s a small wonder he has time to release any work of his own. From the shadowy electro of Sky Ferreira’s “Everything is Embarrassing,” to the bruised hearts and broken strings of jangle-pop outfit Bleeding Knees Club, eMusic’s Laura Studarus has assembled 10 of Hynes’s finest career moments in writing, producing, remixing, and leading his talents in support of other people’s work. (via The Many Sides of Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes | eMusic News & Features)