Entries tagged with: Dawn Richard
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...