The latest guise of Dev Hynes, Blood Orange, for me, is his best to date. Test Icicles was not really my bag and although i saw many great Lightspeed Champion live shows, on record it was sometimes a little twee. Blood Orange is a whole new ball game, Dev is now a smooth R&B superstar with a penchant for guitar heroism! The geek chic look has gone, he's all leather, hip swinging swagger and soulful grooves. Dev writes for a lot of other artists, Florence and Solonge Knowles to name a couple but tonight the spotlight was firmly on him, brimming with confidence he didn't even have a backing band, it was just him, his laptop and his guitar, at one stage he slammed his mic stand onto the dancefloor and sang in the middle of the crowd. i hadn't realised what a ledge he is on the guitar, he was licking out some serious riffs and solos that Hendrix would of been proud of, i dont know who enjoyed it more, Dev or the crowd, even though he was down as support, this may aswell have been billed as a double header, the place was already rammed.
Album Coastal Grooves was more or less played in full:
1, Forget it
2, Sutphin boulevard
3, I'm sorry we lied
4, Can we go inside now
6, Complete failure
7, Instantly blank (the goodness)
8, The complete knock
9, Are you sure you're really busy?
10, Champagne toast
Living across the pond now is clearly rubbing off, Check these bad boy videos:
I'm sorry we lied: http://youtu.be/5dYTi3N4OKI
Sutphin boulevard: http://youtu.be/cTKgC1XSwgY
My fave, Dinner: http://youtu.be/18ew9nwn1HY
Tonight's headliners Das Racist sometimes get dismissed as a bit of a comedy rap group but you only had to look around the packed out XOYO to see that there is an audience for them. They're a party band and this performance was a party from start to finish, full of energy and banter with the crowd and for the record, these boys can defo spit some serious lyrics. 'Michael Jackson' and 'you oughta know' were my personal faves but the whole place was bouncing throughout their set. Turns out Dev is kind of neighbours with the boys over in the U.S. and he joined his pals onstage for a version of 'rainbow in the dark' that brought the house down.
1, Brand new dance
2, Who's that? Brooooown!
3, Rapping 2 u
5, Lakutis in the house
6, Hugo Chavez
7, Shut up man
8, You oughta know
9, Michael Jackson
10, Ek Shaneesh
12, Rainbow in the dark
Rainbow in the dark: http://youtu.be/hdWxo3e3Kzk
You oughta know: http://youtu.be/NzCukmO4fhg
oh fancy bumping into you here....
Tom, i didn't have you down as a Das Racist fan?
Oh you know, i love these guys, and blood orange too, i'm in London for a while so i thought i'd come check out the show, it's been a great night, i really enjoyed it!
Venue: XOYO is decent, tiny and dark, just what you want, one annoying thing tonight though they only had two out of four bars open so it was a nightmare getting a drink.
Drinks: pub prices, what you expect.
Crowd: up for a party, very good, very friendly, got chatting to loads of randoms tonight.
What were they wearing???: Dev is cool, rocking the leather tonight including his cap, he gets away with it though, Das Racist? Well they have that American slacker thing going on, basket ball tops and beanies, i approve.
Gerard Lewer, singer/songwriter, bexley heath
Gelboy!!!!! What did you reckon?
Yeah good mate, i preferred Blood Orange, he reminded me a bit of Prince, good to see someone who clearly loves what he does.
Whats your next gig mate?
Stephen Fretwell at Bush Hall, will be great to see him in a tiny gaff like that
Who else you into at the moment?
Love The Rifles, also loving Dirty goods and Telegraphs at the minute
And finally, what was the first tune on your ipod today?
'Diamonds on the souls of his shoes' by Paul Simon.
Really?! Ledge, cheers dude.
Next up on the Blog another double whammy featuring Spector and Theme Park, should be a goodun.