Blood Orange, the smooth and self-assured solo project of Devonté Hynes (Lightspeed Champion, Test Icicles), shoots from the hip and sounds like a blithe, freshly roused angel. Speaking to The Fader last month, Hynes said, “I don’t even have a next step.” That blind march landed him with director Alan Del Rio Ortiz (also responsible for “Dinner,” another retro-reaching, ineffably hip piece of film for Blood Orange) to shoot a New York-centric video for sexy, half-tempo single “Sutphin Boulevard.” It stars some lovely drag queens and a charismatically nonchalant Hynes. A relatively benign treatment for a fabulous song, the clip places the singer firmly within his current image and context (thrift leather, Queens) without dictating his affect (pensive sexuality). Excellence via smokey weightlessness.
The new video features a reworked version of the song (Hynes released the demo last year) with all key elements — sparkling palm-muted melody and mint voice — still in their right places, just deepened, made more dynamic, and subtly flourished.
Blood Orange’s debut Coastal Grooves is out August 31 on Domino. The label will also release four 12″ remixes, which you can stream below.