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Lightspeed Champion is now in Technicolor, or at least that’s how it feels listening to the four unreleased tracks that make up Devonté Hynes' new EP Bye Bye, which is available on 10” (RUG387T) and via digital download (RUG387D) from 13th December 2010.

Absorbing these opulent songs, awash with strings and lush instrumentation, it makes complete sense to see the legendary composer and producer Van Dyke Parks (Beach Boys, The Byrds, Joanna Newsom), a man with the abilities to make just about anything sound interminably beautiful, credited as having arranged three tracks, something Dev having been a long-time admirer, understandably comments on as “being pretty surreal.”

Opening with an overwhelmingly pretty cover of the Beach Boy’s ‘Til I Die’ (which seems very appropriate, all things considered), ‘Underwater There Is Nothing’, a version of the similarly titled track from his most recent LP, Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You, follows on alongside two previously unheard tracks, ‘Bye Bye Icarus’ and ‘The Mess You’re In’. 'Bye Bye' is the kind of sunburst record you might feel very grateful for as the winter months begin to roll in.

Artwork was painted by Devonté Hynes.

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Devmetal Comment by Devmetal on January 3, 2011 at 3:11am
Hi Devonte,

I met you last night at the East Brunswick Club in Melb! You were very charming and put on an intimate show. I am very impressed with your antics. We took some photos together but my sunburn looks shocking so I'm holding back on posting them on the social network.
This EP looks awesome and I can't wait to hear it! You're quite the artist.


Kent Johansson Comment by Kent Johansson on December 24, 2010 at 7:13pm
Merry Christmas Dev!
Peter Finfrock Comment by Peter Finfrock on December 20, 2010 at 2:52pm

Diggin the artwork Dev! keep it up

Sherlock Homeslice III Jr. Comment by Sherlock Homeslice III Jr. on December 9, 2010 at 3:11pm
So, is the "worst movies of all time" blog officially dead? Was there a funeral that i missed? Anyway, i've been enjoying your hip hop/film blog with your friend. Good shit brah.
Kent Johansson Comment by Kent Johansson on November 28, 2010 at 10:00am
NME posted "10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week" and Lightspeed Champions Til i die is one of them. Listen to the song!

Bret Figura Comment by Bret Figura on November 13, 2010 at 2:01am
I can't wait for this! It makes complete sense you'd end up working w/Parks.
I've been touting your work to anyone who will listen.
I LOVE your work ... if you're ever in need of a drummer, I'm yer man.
- Bret Figura
Alice Woods Comment by Alice Woods on October 26, 2010 at 5:33pm
Will definitely be buying this when it comes out! Sounds beautiful.
Ryan Travis Comment by Ryan Travis on October 26, 2010 at 3:45am
I wish Dull and Boring was on here. :/
Alex B Comment by Alex B on October 22, 2010 at 4:25pm
The artwork's really cool mate, quite simple, reminds me of this Japanese print I've got in my room :)
just pre-ordered!
Kent Johansson Comment by Kent Johansson on October 22, 2010 at 5:55am
Amazing news Dev. I had no idea that you were going to release an E.P!

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