Lightspeed Champion

Born 23 December 1985.
Lightspeed Champion


Devonté "Dev" Hynes (born 23 December 1985), also known as Blood Orange and formerly Lightspeed Champion, is a British singer, composer, songwriter, producer and author. He has written for artists such as Florence and the Machine, Diana Vickers and The Chemical Brothers on their 2007 Grammy award winning album We Are The Night. He is currently signed to Domino Records.

Dev Hynes was born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Ilford, East London. He was educated at the Chadwell Heath Foundation School, now known as Chadwell Heath Academy. He has resided in New York since 2007. The name 'Lightspeed Champion' comes from a series of comic strips Hynes drew as a teenager in his school mathematics books. Hynes was voted the 49th 'coolest person in rock' in NME's 2007 Cool List, jumping to position 20 in the following year's list. From their formation in 2004 until their break-up in 2006, Hynes was a member of the band Test Icicles, playing guitar, synth, and occasionally performing vocals. They released only one full-length album (For Screening Purposes Only) in 2005.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You

    Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You 2010

    Reviewed by Camilla Pia
    Dev Hynes lobs us yet another musical curveball.
  2. Review of Falling Off The Lavender Bridge

    Falling Off The Lavender Bridge 2008

    Reviewed by Gemma Padley
    While Test Icicles fans may run for the hills, there is plenty of intrigue cooped up...
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