UPDATE: You can now hear the silky smooth collab "Hadron Collider," below. And yes, it is very cool.
Dev Hynes, a.k.a. Blood Orange, is one of the biggest influencers in pop music. His work as a songwriter and a producer has helped even the most lustrous stars — Carly Rae Jepsen, Britney Spears, Solange — shine a bit brighter, while often lending them a bit of indie cred.
Now, he's turned his attention to CanPop royalty. Announced yesterday via Instagram, Hynes has made a cassette release called Hadron Collider with Nelly Furtado. She hasn't exactly gone away since her 2006 collaboration with Timbaland cemented "game MVP like Steve Nash" as one of Canada's all-time pop quotables (her most recent album was in 2012), but this is likely the first time she's been covered on Pitchfork since then.
The tape was available ("for now," the post said) exclusively at Hynes' charity shows at The Apollo this past weekend, benefitting Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, an organization that offers kids and families access to quality music education. Furtado, along with his on-again/off-again collaborator Solange, joined him on stage to perform.
You can watch clips of their performance below and think back to those whole days lost watching MuchMusic.