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The musings of a teenage audiophile. Indie, Rock, Hip-Hop, Rap, Dance, Dubstep, Garage, Metal... music crosses all boundaries. The Cold Cut is devoted to giving you a taste of what's going on in music at the moment.

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A 17 year old taking his first tentative steps into the world of blogging. In my first year, its been up and down, from the slow first months to a busy time around the one year anniversary.

Dev Hynes, the first artist to blitz 10 genres

Rating: A charming, almost perfect debut

Dev Hynes is a pretty special person. You might say I'm jumping the gun here, but on the evidence of Test Icicles and his new Lightspeed Champion album, he's not going anywhere other than up. In reference to the title, given the multi-genre nature of Test Icicles and his acoustic pop/folk solo project, Lightspeed Champion, Dev is one of the first artists to succeed in so many different genres, and also make such a big musical turnaround.

I remember when Test Icicles first graced the Radar section of NME, and I clearly recall reading an article in which Dev was accused of spending too much time on MySpace. The page was headed by an image of the three, with Dev holding a fluorescent pink guitar. Incidentally, the article prompted me to check Test Icicles out, and whilst I wasn't massively impressed by the band (other than a couple of ace songs), the premise was intriguing. His Test Icicles band-mates may have been right about his MySpace obsession, but even back then, he had the right idea. Even now, Dev regularly writes and updates his Lightspeed Champion blog, a great read. He obviously understands the importance of web media- something I really respect- and even commented on one of my posts about him (what a legend!), see here.

'Falling Off The Lavender Bridge' is one of the first great albums of 2008, and really warrants no complaints. From start to finish, I really couldn't find any glaring issues or emissions, and for Dev, this album is a brilliant introduction, complete and showing much potential on his part. In time, he may develop into one of the 'great' British songwriters.

On the 12 songs here, Devonte seriously flexes his lyrical muscles, with some witty, quirky and compelling verses. 'Galaxy Of The Lost', wrapped up as a sweet pop song, caused me to almost fall off my chair when the line "as we kiss, and I'm sick in your mouth" popped up. These surprising moments are oft repeated, such as on the 10 minute 'Midnight Surprise', which features the lyrics:
“I’m waiting in silence
And cloaking my violence
You, almost encourage
My happiness, but I know best
Wake up, smell the semen”
Epic and meandering, 'Midnight Surprise', the 2nd single, starts off tender, and builds, builds and builds to a rollicking finale. Most of the lyrics on this album are universally accessible, but there are a few exceptions to this:
"Come over
I just got the new O.C.
And if they can sort their problems out
Why can't I get out the house?"

Kudos must go to the backing band, comprised of some big names (in their own right), including Emmy The Great and Florence (of Florence And The Machine). However, there have been some unjustified claims that the backing vocals make the tracks, and I just want to clear these up. If you cut the production, backing and guest vocals out, leaving only Dev and his guitar, it would still be Lightspeed Champion.

The only reason this album doesn't achieve a perfect rating is the simple fact that one of my favourite songs, 'Waiting Game', was left off the album. Regardless, the 12 tracks on this album are all worthy of their selection, other than the slightly misfiring 'Salty Water'... The ones to check out if you're short of time are 'Everyone I Know Is Listening To Crunk', completely effortless brilliance, and 'Dry Lips', a song simply about the last time Dev had a hangover. Sounds basic, but the simplicity and honesty make it stand out...

Test-Icicles fans may be surprised and -possibly- outraged by 'Falling Off The Lavender Bridge'. I challenge you, listen to 'For Screening Purposes Only' followed by Lightspeed Champion's debut, and try and find a musician who has undergone a bigger transformation than Dev. In the short time between bands, he has regrouped and undergone a huge change of musical direction. His history as a Test Icicle will make his (now guaranteed) rise to the top of the folk/pop ladder one of the most unlikely to occur, in the history of music. There isn't anyone around at the moment with this level of talent, and more worthy of success. Good luck with it Dev, and keep the music coming...

Lightspeed Champion- Everyone I Know Is Listening To Crunk
Lightspeed Champion- Midnight Surprise

'Falling Off The Lavender Bridge' can (and should be!) purchased here

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