Entries tagged with: Dawn Richard
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by Andrew Sacher
D∆WN (aka Dawn Richard) recently released the excellent "Dance," the first single from RED*emp*tion (first called RedHeart then called The Red Era), the final part of the trilogy with GoldenHeart and BlackHeart. Now she's shared another single, "Not Above That." Like "Dance" hinted, this album is looking the most, uh, danceable of the three, but still with Dawn's unique spin on things. "Not Above That" fucks with the EDM formula in a way where this song may actually work at Ultra or EDC, but it wouldn't sound like anything else on the lineup. Production is courtesy of Machinedrum. Listen, with another recently-released song, "Hollywould," below.
photo: L7 at FFF Fest 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
SXSW already announced two rounds of 2016 artists, and today a third round was announced, including L7, Bloc Party, The Cult, Loretta Lynn, Waxahatchee, Frankie Cosmos, D∆WN, Polica, Dilly Dally, Eleanor Friedberger, Protomartyr, Holy Fuck, Ra Ra Riot, Fat White Family, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, All Dogs, Judy Collins & Ari Hest, The Dandy Warhols, Des Ark, Mick Jenkins, Lady Leshurr, Mitski, Supersuckers, Teen Suicide, together PANGEA, Turnover, Younghusband and more.
Full list of additions, below...
by Andrew Sacher
FACT published their 50 Best Albums of 2015 list and as always, it's one of the more unique lists of the year. It's loaded with high-quality electronic music, rap, R&B, indie, pop, and more, and you're almost guaranteed to find something on it you haven't heard of. It ranges from the Simon Cowell-assembled girl group Fifth Harmony to the underground New York rapper Junglepussy, and includes plenty of the in-between. Kendrick Lamar and Grimes are here, but they come in at the mere #3 and #5, respectively. Their #1 is a very unexpected pick, but a great album nonetheless (and one that does deserve some more love).
"Excuse the positivity, but was something in the water this year? 2015 felt like the best year for albums in a while," their intro begins. Read what else FACT have to say here and check out the whole list below...
TIny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015 list today. Like last year, it's certainly a good list for anyone who's tired of seeing the same artists on every list (though it does have Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Future, Bjork, Drake, Joanna Newsom, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes and other popular picks). It's the first list I've seen with the Liturgy album, and certainly the only one that has James Ferraro in the top 3. It's also one of just a few with avant-jazz great Matana Roberts and one of few with Grouper's band Helen. It also has Sicko Mobb, who just hours ago put out a new song with Jeremih.
There's a lot of interesting stuff on the list. Read their commentary and intro here and check out the top 50 below...
You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.
As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...
The 2016 edition of Moogfest will happen May 19 - 22 in Durham, North Carolina. This year's lineup includes Explosions in the Sky, Sunn O))), Gary Numan, Blood Orange, Julianna Barwick, The Orb, Holly Herndon, Daniel Lanois, Simian Mobile Disco, Ben Frost, Floating Points, Kode9, Hundred Waters, Empress Of, Mad Professor, Moses Sumney, Mac McCaughan, Lunice, Ryan Hemsworth, Tim Hecker, YACHT and more. Festival passes are on sale now.
Numan will be performing his first three albums (Replicas, The Pleasure Principle, and Telekon) over three nights at three different venues. Laurie Anderson will also perform her show "The Language of the Future" that weaves stories and songs, and will also appear at a Moogfest "in conversation" event. Reggie Watts (who is also appearing) announces the lineup in a video with one of his improvised loop pedal performances, which you can watch below. Or you can just check out a list of all announced performers below too.
If you're sick of seeing the same names atop every publication's year-end list, you can always count on The Quietus to deliver something almost completely different. While their Top 100 Albums of 2015 does contain Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile and a few other popular choices, none of them cracked The Quietus' top 20. What is their #1? Experimental footwork producer Jlin's Dark Energy which came out in March via Planet Mu. At #2 it's Polish drone/folk artist Stara Rzeka's Zamknęły się oczy ziemi. There are a few others in the Top 10 you may have heard -- Oneohtrix Point Never's Garden Of Delete, Holly Herndon's Platform, East India Youth's Culture of Volume, Matana Roberts' Coin Coin Chapter 3, and New Order's Music Complete.
Whether you see this as made by a bunch of contrarians or forward-thinkers, chances are there's something here you may not have heard but might really like. The Quietus' page includes bandcamp or soundcloud links where available, and you can browse through their entire Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below
by Andrew Sacher
We already knew D∆WN (aka Dawn Richard) would be completing the trilogy of 2013's GoldenHeart and this year's BlackHeart with RedHeart (now seemingly called The Red Era), and we just got its first single: "Dance." That's an appropriate name for this song that compared to her last two albums is, well, a lot more danceable. It's got thumping bass, pounding polyrhythmic drums, and you can listen below. The album's due in early 2016.
D∆WN has a few shows coming up too, including NYC on
November 11 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are on sale now. UPDATE: The show was moved to March 12, 2016. Tickets (same link) are still available.
All known dates are listed, with the stream of "Dance," below...
by Andrew Sacher
Earlier this year, Dawn Richard released the genre-defying album, Blackheart, which was part art pop and part R&B, without ever strictly adhering to either. Since then, she changed her moniker to D∆WN and dropped the one-off single "Running From Sane" for Adult Swim which is even weirder than anything on the album (listen below). Going by that song, it seems like her work is only going to get more interesting, and this new interview with FADER suggests the same thing. She talks about working with Fade To Mind producer Kingdom, who has previously collaborated with the similarly forward-thinking R&B singer Kelela:
I was talking with Jacky, who works with Opening Ceremony, and I was like, "you gotta figure out how to get me in with Fade To Mind, because I think they're fucking amazing." A year later, I randomly see Ezra [Kingdom] and I'm like "Yo, we should do something, let me get in a studio with y'all!" The first day [in a studio], we did five songs. The rest is history. We did the PAMM Institute thing together, and we're going to do MoMA together as well. That's been the relationship ever since, we make sense. I think the way Fade To Mind works is brilliant. It's organic, they only do it if it feels good, they don't push it. And in the last few years, I've really been in that place where if it's organic then I'll do it, if it doesn't feel good I won't do it. I think that's why we work so well.Dawn says the Kingdom collaborations should hopefully appear on her next album, RedHeart (the conclusion to her trilogy which also includes 2013's GoldenHeart). She also talks about some dream collaborations:
I'm really, really in love with artists like Girlpool. With Arca. With SOHN. I wouldn't even want to do anything other than just sit in the studio and smoke and listen to shit. I just think they're innovative. Girlpool reminds me of the old girl bands who had the two part harmonies, and they were--not angry, but their voices just have so much in them they barely need anything else. Because everything is so processed these days, with vocals, it feels good to hear something so raw.Both Dawn and Kingdom are on this weekend's installment of Warm Up at MoMA PS1 (8/29). It also features Matias Aguayo, DJ Windows 98 (aka Arcade Fire's Win Butler), Murlo and False Witness. Tickets are still available. It's the second to last Warm Up of 2015, but the lineup for the final one (9/5) is still TBA.
Listen to "Running From Sane" below...
photo: Hop Along at Baby's All Right in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We just mentioned how a lot of music websites (like NPR) use this year midpoint to post their favorite albums of the year so far. Pitchfork isn't one of them, but they do post their Overlooked Records of the year. They write, "None of these releases received a Best New Music designation and not all were rated above an 8.0 but all are records worth revisiting." They've got a couple metal albums (Bell Witch, Sannhet), that ambient Jeff Bridges album, and the no-longer-overlooked indie rockers Hop Along (who also made best-of-2015-so-far lists from Rolling Stone, AV Club, Stereogum, Paste, Flavorwire, Noisey, and NPR's song list).
The list is also interestingly heavy on relatively underground electronic records, including Lakker, Mbongwana Star, Mumdance & Logos, Anthony Naples, Pearson Sound and Smurphy. Check out the whole list below, and read their commentary here.
In terms of rap, it has Joey Bada$$ (who plays NYC this week), and Chicago duo Sicko Mobb. Sicko Mobb will make their way over to NYC on July 25 for Warm Up with Baauer, Skepta and more (tickets); and a late show at Palisades that night with Taso, Ricky Eat Acid and Tripletrain (tickets).
Sicko Mobb made the list for their Super Saiyan Vol 2 mixtape, which you can download for free at DatPiff and stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
R&B singer Dawn Richard's last album was 2013's Goldenheart, and she's since revealed that it is the first in a planned album trilogy. The second intallment, Blackheart, is coming on January 15, 2015, two years to the date after its predecessor. Its first single, "Blow," is out now. The production here dives a little deeper into heavy electronics than her last album, and similarly to that one, it's not really "indie R&B" but it's not exactly standard radio fare either. You can watch the video (dir. Monty Marsh) for the single and check out the album artwork below.
Dawn also has two shows scheduled following the release of the album, one in NYC and one in California. The NYC show happens January 22 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Full tour schedule, with the video and LP artwork, below...
Happy NYC Pride 2013! Events and festivities are already underway, and culminates on Sunday (6/30) with the annual Dance on the Pier featuring live performances from Cher and Deborah Cox (sold out). That happens immediately after The March, whose Grand Marshals this year are Edie Windsor, Harry Belafonte and Earl Fowlke. The March kicks off at 36th St. & Fifth Ave at noon and ends at Christopher & Greenwich. Sunday is also the Pridefest street festival which happens on Hudson St. between Abingdon Sq. and W. 14th St.
Friday night (6/28) is The Rally, a free event happening at Hudson River Park's Pier 26 from 7 PM - 10 PM with performances by Pan Am and Vicci Martinez.
On Saturday (2/29) there's "Rapture on the River," an afternoon dance party that is the only official women's event of NYC Pride. It also happens at Hudson River Park's Pier 26 and is from 3 PM - 10 PM. Tickets are on sale now. That night, there is a VIP Rooftop party at Hudson Terrace (tickets), or you could head to Hammerstein Ballroom for an unofficial party hosted by TV's Wendy Williams and featuring performances by Dawn Richard (tickets). There's loads of other unofficial events going on all weekend, too.
For more details on the oficial pride events, visit the official NYCPride.org.
by Andrew Sacher
R&B singer Dawn Richard, who released the solid GoldenHeart earlier this year, is playing a few shows in the Northeast this spring/summer including two in NYC. The first is a headlining gig on May 28 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that one are on sale now. Then, she'll do a "special performance" at a 2013 NYC Pride event, which talk show host Wendy Williams is hosting, on June 29 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for that are on sale now too.
Dawn recently released the official remix for GoldenHeart track "Northern Lights." The remix features a new guest verse from Eve, and you can stream it below. Eve hasn't released an album in over ten years, but she's set to change that this month with Lip Lock, which is due out on May 14. Dawn will repay the favor by contributing vocals to a track on that album (which Missy Elliot, Snoop Dogg, Juicy J, Pusha T, and others also feature on). Eve just went H.A.M. on a new single from that album, "EVE," for which a video just came out this week. You can watch it below.
All Dawn Richard dates are listed, along with that song stream and video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
R&B singer Dawn Richard was formerly a member the mid-2000s Bad Boy Records-signed all-female group Danity Kane, after which she joined Diddy Dirty Money and then began a solo career in 2011 which led to 2012's Armor On, one of the most overlooked but great EPs of last year. The EP harnessed dark multi-layered production that pulled from Afro-centric polyrhythms, minimal late night sensuality, and radio appeal, and showed Dawn growing as an increasingly versatile singer. If you haven't yet, you can watch the video for EP track, "Bombs," below.
Dawn followed that EP last month (December) with the Whiteout EP and is now set to release a full length, GoldenHeart on January 15. Dawn just revealed snippets from the new album and you can stream those and check out the tracklist below. That's the cover art above. The album features production from Druski (who worked on Armor On), Fisticuffs (who worked with Miguel on his great Kaleidoscope Dream), and Denote. You can pre-order it now.
Dawn has a few dates scheduled (and is promising more) including one in NYC two days after the album release, January 17 at SOB's with Bridget Kelly and Aaron Camper. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A list of all dates, snippets and tracklist from the new album, and the video for "Bombs," below...