Is Dev Hynes one of pop music's unsung heroes? He's definitely one of the more forward-thinking and interesting musicians working today. On his debut release, as part of the Test Icicles, he created dance-rock with a DIY aesthetic that pre-dated Nu-rave and was only rivalled by the increasing output from DFA. Then as a solo artist, under the moniker Lightspeed Champion, he crafted introspective indie-folk and in many ways helped to bring Florence Welch to wider attention. Now he works for some of the biggest names in pop music, writing and producing, as well as contributing the occasional guest vocal.

Cupid Deluxe, the second album from Hynes under the name Blood Orange, takes this strong pop sensibility and applies his songwriting skills to a much broader aural palette. Combining elements of hip-hop, funk, soul, garage and electronic music styles, Cupid Deluxe is a record that mines the past glory of pop music and creates something cooly nostalgic, but without any kind ironic pretension.

'Chamakay' opens with a garage style beat; off kilter, with a deep bass pulsing through. Dev sings with a soulful croon over glockenspiels, sliding bass riffs and choral ambiance. Coupled with chorus backing from Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, it makes for a seductive opening. The tension in the lyrics, pushing and pulling between desire and distrust, manage to hit a sweet spot and just avoid sexual melodrama. The same can't be said for the next track 'You're Not Good Enough' with the chorus refrain "I never was in love, you know that you were never good enough." Though coupled with the synthesiser solo and slap bass it strikes me that melodrama is exactly what Dev's after.

Cupid Deluxe is a tightly controlled record. Dev's increasing experience as a songwriter and production work makes for a slick selection of pop songs with a distinct retro-vibe. The album was recorded in New York and its music certainly seems to be one of the stronger influences on the record. The sound of Minneapolis funk, and that of its biggest star, Prince, is also present throughout. The problem with Cupid Deluxe, however, is that it feels a little sterile. The production is excellent, but it results in a similar situation to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories - an accurate recreation, but you're aware that you're listening to an album recorded this year, and begin to spot the techniques being used and replicated.

But, it is nonetheless an incredibly fun record. Dev's talent as a songwriter and musician really shines through which makes it easier to overlook the flaws. Tracks like 'Always Let You Down' are so heavily detailed that you get as much pleasure listening to them on headphones - to really focus in on the guitar riffs and piano - as you do playing it loud through speakers. Dev's lyrics as well, full of the loneliness and longing of twenty-something urbanites manage to be easy to relate to, even if they lack the emotional, and personal punch of his work on Falling Off The Lavender Bridge.

Cupid Deluxe is probably Dev Hynes' most accomplished and intricate release to date. It's also the most wonderful kind of retro-pop you're likely to hear this year. Go and listen to it, it might not change the world, but it'll make your life a little bit richer as a result.