Lightspeed Champion marks Elvis Presley's 75th birthday with free song – video

Release is first in new series of free songs from Dev Hynes

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Lightspeed Champion has paid tribute to Elvis Presley today (January 8), on what would have been the singer's 75th birthday, by releasing a cover of his 1963 song '(You're The) Devil In Disguise'.

The video for the track, which you can watch below, features Lightspeed Champion (aka Dev Hynes) dressed in a gold catsuit. Speaking about his version, Hynes revealed that it was recorded during a recent session in New York.

"Due to a popular band having leftover studio time at New York's historic Avatar Studios, I had the opportunity of going into Studio A to record some music… Obviously I decided an Elvis song would be best."

He added that the song features a few special guests on vocals.

"I got my friends from the band Spacecamp down and together we recorded an 'almost' live version of 'Devil In Disguise' with the help of whoever was in the building that felt like singing...including the receptionist. Happy Birthday Elvis! Long live the king!"

The song is one of a few free tracks Hynes plans to give away in the next month, having recorded a batch of live material taken from his forthcoming album 'Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You' (released on February 15) during the Avatar session.

See Lightspeed Champion's Soundcloud page for more information on the free tracks.

Watch 'Devil In Disguise' being played below.



Click here to access a special NME.COM gallery celebrating Elvis Presley's 75th birthday

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