Album: Lightspeed Champion, Life Is Sweet, Nice to Meet You (Domino)

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"Now you're happy...", sings Devonte Hynes, gritting his teeth with dignity as his old love finds someone new, "and that's lovely..." But he won't let it go.

"I saw us in 20 years' time..." he adds, twisting the knife in his own heart. To bare your soul like this takes testicles, and the former Test Icicle comes equipped. The second Lightspeed Champion has a more expansive (expensive?) production than the first. Hynes is shaping up as a British Adam Green: not a genius, but a nice guy who's mastered the knack of emoting without being an emo ting.