Dev Hynes Is Working With Jessie Ware and Clams Casino

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Dev Hynes is perched on a bench outside his favorite East Village juice bar looking through an art-book of photos of Times Square that he’s picked up for inspiration. The British-born/New York-based singer, songwriter, composer and all-round musical wiz is in demand at the moment, especially after his sterling work writing and producing Solange Knowles’ “Losing You.” Last year he collaborated with Florence Welch and more recently, dropped official remixes for Phoenix and Kavinsky. In between sips of his breakfast smoothie, Hive persuaded Dev to give up the goods on soon-coming projects with Jessie Ware and the Sugababes, reveal the direction of his next Blood Orange album, and find out what being part of Solange’s musical crew entails.

What new music are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a new Blood Orange album and then also working for Jessie Ware on some of the stuff, and Mutya Keisha Siobhan, the original Sugababes.

What’s it like working with the Sugabes?

It’s pretty wild! I remember being 14 when they came out, it’s interesting. I think that’s part of why it works ’cause I’m kinda approaching it as a fan, like what I would want to hear from them. And they’re so nice.

Which one of the Sugabes did you have a crush on back then?

[Laughs.] I’m slighting hesitant to answer but I think Siobhan was my favorite when I was 14.

What’s the vibe of the new Mutya Keisha Siobhan songs?

I guess it’s pretty U.K. R&b. I think it’s distinct. Some of it does touch on the ’80s stuff but I think there used to be such a distinct U.K. R&B sound and I don’t know where it’s gone — I think it’s become lost in trance music. So it’s kinda that tone. Their voices sound so good together and as soon as they sing it really takes me back to being 14.

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