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Crackstevens has directed Dev Hynes’ latest video as Blood Orange

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Akinola Davies is on a roll. We’ve spent all day here at It’s Nice That scratching our heads, wondering when Akin sleeps. A production powerhouse, the London-based videographer has followed up last week’s intimate, touching video for Tirzah’s Devotion with another superb piece of work.

Today it is Dev Hynes’ turn to get the Crackstevens blessing. Taken from his forthcoming LP Negro Swan, his fourth as Blood Orange, the track Charcoal Baby is classic Dev: 80s-indebted melodies meet hyper-contemporary production, and the whole thing sounds custom-built for slinky slow dances at late-night, late-summer parties.

On the visual front, Akin intriguingly deploys a split-screen approach to things, with twinned stories running concurrently. The party theme means you can view it as a companion to the aforementioned Tirzah promo; both videos showcase the work of a creative who seems to want to really get to grips with that happens when human beings get together to explore the relationship between identity and intimacy.

Watch the video for Charcoal Baby below.