Dean Blunt

It’s no surprise Hackney-born Dean Blunt has been operating under the radar for some time, first with Inga Copeland as Hype Williams and now under his own moniker. He actively invents tall stories – from becoming a champion boxer to being caught stealing stuffed raccoons – in an effort to throw people off the scent. And, although it's almost as though he doesn’t want to be discovered, he's still managed to subvert pop’s natural order with a string of innovative releases.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 9 Sep 2013
  • min read
It’s no surprise Hackney-born Dean Blunt has been operating under the radar for some time, first with Inga Copeland as Hype Williams and now under his own moniker. He actively invents tall stories – from becoming a champion boxer to being caught stealing stuffed raccoons – in an effort to throw people off the scent. It’s almost as though he doesn’t want to be discovered.

While Dean’s offbeat R&B has been bubbling well under the surface of the mainstream for nearly five years now, he has still managed to gently subvert pop’s natural order and breathe new life into tired clichés.

Mixing a pinch of dub with a liberal dose of new age experimentalism, grime and funk, Dean has invented a winning recipe that keeps his small army of devoted punters queuing up for more.

Last year’s The Narcissist II album saw Dean and Inga explore a volatile relationship by way of movie samples, voicemail clippings and disturbing lyrics. Playing out like an electronic opera, the record was like a dysfunctional love letter recorded onto cassette and posted to a girlfriend sometime around 1983.

For his latest offering The Redeemer, Dean obviously spent a bit of time in a proper studio. A world away from the decaying funk of his Hype Williams project, it reveals a more expert side to the lo-fi Lothario. Stunning compositions and lush orchestral interludes have elevated his sketch-pad musical style to a whole new level, and brought a wider acclaim than he’s previously enjoyed.

The set – dubbed by critics ‘the break-up album’ - also marks the end of his relationship with Inga. The two have since publicly parted ways and Dean has announced a solo European tour which kicks off in London this Wednesday (11 September).

But, not content with issuing releases in the normal fashion, Dean has also taken to slipping out albums under pseudonyms while in Russian hotel rooms. His latest download-only venture, called Stone Island, hit the webways last month, causing another round of speculation about the songwriter’s current circumstances.

Never one to sit still, its worth watching and waiting to see what he’ll do next…

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UK dates on Dean Blunt’s autumn tour:
September 11 – 100 Club, London
November 29 – Arnolfini, Bristol
November 30 – Blade Factory, Liverpool
December 1 – The Arches, Glasgow