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Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes: 10 Great Collaborations

Revisit ‘Freetown Sound’ artist’s work with everyone from Solange to Kylie Minogue

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On Tuesday, just after midnight, Dev Hynes released Freetown Sound, his third LP under the Blood Orange moniker. The album covers a lot of ground – 17 songs in less than an hour – and incorporates recordings from the streets and parks of New York City, samples of Ta-Nehisi Coates and poet Ashlee Haze, and contributions from a slew of guests, including Debbie Harry and Nelly Furtado. "I guess, aesthetically, the whole thing is continuous, and there's a lot of interludes and things," Hynes explained. "I was trying to do like a Paul's Boutique, Dust Brothers, Donuts, Dilla type of feel, where it's like this tape that has all these different elements in it, just kind of continuing."

Hynes' career can often seem similarly fluid, as he moves freely among his own projects and an ongoing series of diverse, consistently engaging collaborations. Though Freetown is his first full-length in three years, he has hardly been quiet during that time period. He scored Gia Coppola's poignant 2013 film Palo Alto and served as a writer or producer (or both) on several critically acclaimed projects for other artists, including FKA Twigs, Jessie Ware and Carly Rae Jepsen. Rolling Stone rounded up some of his most impressive team-ups so far.

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Carly Rae Jepsen, “All That” (2015)

"All That" harks back to the lovelorn majesty of the Time guitarist Jesse Johnson's 1985 solo single "I Want My Girl," and it earned Jepsen attention from many who ignored her first album. Jepsen wrote the track with Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid. "It was three people who have never really worked together in that capacity, and it was a fun, new sort of something that I don't think any of us could have made without the other person," she explained to Stereogum. "That's when it's the best."

"I've been rocking [Blood Orange's] Cupid Deluxe for a long time," she added. "I'm obsessed."

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Le1f, “Change” (2015)

Hynes furnished "Change" with a viscous, urgent chorus. "I love how Dev has come through so many different styles, and I really appreciate his soft, aggressive blackness," Le1f said to The New York Times. "You definitely hear his message so clear, and it seems relentless, but he also doesn't give any of the angry-black-man tropes that make it easy for people to write it off in the way they do Kanye West."

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