As far as cool people in music go, Dev Hynes is certainly up there for me (see dancing in the “Chamakay” music video) not just because of his musical talent, but also because of his down to earth personality. Granted, I never met the guy in real life, but given that he drew inspiration for Cupid Deluxe (his second album as Blood Orange) from personal experiences in New York City and his move from Brooklyn to Manhattan, I can only imagine that he’s a pretty cool dude who doesn’t act like someone he’s not. The ’90s hip hop influenced “Clipped On” is right up that alley as Hynes and NYC rapper Despot paint a vivid picture of knowingly being cheated on. Listen to the track below.
It’s no secret that the hardest part about getting back into something after being away from it so long is no easy task. That same rule undoubtedly applies to blogging as it’s been nearly 3 months since the last time I posted anything. I won’t go into the details of what led to my hiatus from Music on the Daily, but what I will do is try my best to pick up where I left off and push great music your way.
The first such song of my foray back into the blogosphere is an awesome remix from Detroit Swindle of TCTS’ “These Heights.” With a spectrum of influences ranging from “everything from Motown to the good ol’ days of disco,” the duo of Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets offer up a deep-house take on what was originally a funky song to begin with through the use of a carefully crafted chord arrangement built to build up anticipation for the drop and all the grooves that follow. Preview the track below and purchase it over at Beatport.