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Devonté Hynes has been the producer behind some of the most exciting pop music of the past 10 years and now he’s taking his turn in front of the mic. Going by his stage name, Blood Orange, Hynes dropped a video for single “Augustine” last night, the first track from his upcoming album, Freetown Sound.
The British musician celebrated his adopted home, giving New York City a starring role in his new video. Hynes has been living in NYC since 2007, but according to “Augustine,” it looks as though the artist wishes he had experienced the Big Apple a few decades earlier.
Hynes directed the video, which features appearances from Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas and members of Porches and FlucT. The video is full of voguing dancers paying homage to NYC’s Ball dance culture and walking while wearing ’90s inspired fashion like crop tops and light wash denim.
Hynes is best known for his work with Florence and the Machine on their 2007 album, Lungs, as well as co-writing Solange Knowles’ “Losing You,” Sky Ferreira’s “Everything Is Embarrassing” and most recently, Carly Rae Jepsen’s track, “All That,” from last year’s Emotion.
Check out “Augustine” by Blood Orange below and prepare for a trip in time back to the early ’90s.