Starchild & the New Romantic is Bryndon Cook, a guitarist who has toured with acts like Blood Orange and Solange, and his recently released debut Crucial (on Ghostly International), bears the creative imprint of these artists. It also cannot be discussed without mentioning the obvious influence of Prince; Cook, like the recently departed purple one (RIP), plays all the parts on this album himself and sings. His sleazy electric guitar parts meld with classic slap bass lines, propelled forward by drum machine. Nothing particularly groundbreaking, just glitzy outer-space R&B at its finest, a collection of shimmering ballads bathed in swaths of warm synthetic ambience. Favorite tracks include “Slammin Manequin” and “Relax” and “New Romantic”.
Check it out below and grab the album over at Ghostly’s website.
Devonte Hynes is one of the busiest, most versatile dudes out there. He has been around for awhile, working as an artist, composer, songwriter, producer, author and musician. He has written and helped produce songs and albums for such artists as The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, Florence and the Machine, Theophilous London and Solange Knowles. He has done so many different projects over the years that he cant even keep up with his own work, although he is probably best known for his work as Lightspeed Champion. After a few albums, some E.P.s, and some battles with poverty, depression, and throat surgery Devonte has reinvented himself as Blood Orange.
Coastal Grooves is a bit of a strange album as one could imagine from looking at the album cover. It is supposedly arranged to be for a female vocalist with feminine themes and harmonies but in recording it Devonte found himself singing in this silky lighter pitch and he liked it. And after helping a few female singers work on their own albums maybe this is the creative result. It is a Prince-like sexy weird 80’s sounding album that brings forth so much nostalgia it almost makes you want to wear purple leg warmers, almost… Overall I dig the smooth throwback sounding album as a whole even if its poppy weirdness comes off a little strong at times.
Check the great Fresh Prince feeling video for Dinner and a few tracks below.