Devonté Hynes, former singer of Test Icicles and the soul Lightspeed Champion, has started a new project. Tired of writing songs for people like Solange Knowles, Florence & The Machine, Cassie and Theophilus London, Hynes decided to write stuff for himself as Blood Orange a few months ago in a vein that is rather more synthetic and urban (there’s some boogie and R&B here). He then took the tracks to Los Angeles, in order to shape them alongside producer Ariel Rechtsthaid. The result is “Coastal Grooves”, a debut album that will be released on 8th August on Domino Records. The already heard “Dinner” isn’t on it, by the way. Which is why, as a first official appetiser for the album, the label is offering the download of “Sutphin Boulevard” in exchange for your email address (click here). The song confirms his love for eighties synth-pop and the most sensual R&B. Hynes says he’s influenced by artists like Chris Isaak, Billy Idol, Yellow Magic Orchestra and F.R. David. But he didn’t only look for inspiration in the music; other influences include people like transsexual icon Octavia St. Laurent and films by Gregg Araki, which have also made an impact on him. It shows.