Dev Hynes, the man behind Blood Orange, has written and produced for artists as varied as Britney Spears, Florence & The Machine, Theophilus London, The Chemical Brothers and Bleeding Knees Club. So it comes as no surprise that his new single, ‘Chamakay’, blends a lush, atmospheric melody with the traditionally Trinidad and Tobagonian steelpan. The mingling of these two sounds is mirrored flawlessly by the interplay between Hynes and Caroline Polachek – of Chairlift – who sing over each other throughout.
And the cultural mix isn’t limited to the sound; the video shows Hynes return to his mother’s birthplace, George Town in Guyana, for the very first time. Both the track and the video fully claim Hynes’ interweaving of the Western with the West Indian. The debut Blood Orange album suffered because it often seemed like Hynes was trying too hard to create an understated sound. On ‘Chamakay’ he manages to create a sumptuously rhythmic track while keeping his leanings towards the subtle firmly intact.