If you don’t know Bryndon Cook’s smooth, ultra funky jams as Starchild & The New Romantic, you might still recognize his signature sonic swag from collaborations with Blood Orange, Chairlift, Kindness, and Solange. The Florida native commenced his music career as bedroom rapper, but a serendipitous run-in with James Blake encouraged his transition to singing. On his newest effort, following his recently dropped Crucial EP, Starchild delivers a cover of the 1984 synth-funk classic, “I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On.”
Written and produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, the cut was originally performed by R&B vocalist Cherrelle (the voice behind “Saturday Love”). The track was reintroduced to the public conscious last year when it was synced to a club scene in the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. Starchild’s “DIDN’T MEAN 2 TURN U ON” tones down the campy synths and upbeat euphoria of the original for a mellow, ultimately more sexy rendition. The cover was recorded in 2013.
Stream Starchild & The New Romantic’s extremely good Crucial EP below.