Following her acclaimed trilogy of solo albums, electronic R&B innovator DAWN (formerly Dawn Richard) returns with “new breed,” a new album that dates back to her upbringing in New Orleans, taking in the city’s rich traditions and musical heritage.
A former member of cult R&B groups Dirty Money and Danity Kane, DAWN has worked with everyone from Diddy and Drake to Machinedrum, Kimbra and Dirty Projectors across her unique career, and has constantly redefined what an independent black female artist can achieve without major label backing. Working closely with independent label Local Action for her last two albums, Dawn became the first ever artist to perform live in 360 degrees on YouTube, has been nominated for multiple awards for her boundary-pushing videos, and her last album “Redemption” went to top five in the Billboard charts while picking up end of year accolades from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, TIME, LA Times, The Quietus, FACT, Noisey and more. She also works closely with Adult Swim as a curator and designer, and in the last six months has toured with both Kimbra and a reunited Danity Kane.
This week’s download comes from Dawn Richards aka DAWN and her new album, “new breed.” You have seven days to get the free download of her title track.
Set across 10 tracks, “new breed” provides the most intimate portrait of DAWN’s life so far, harking back to her years growing up in New Orleans and paying tribute to the city’s culture, sights and sounds. Presenting a duality between the more soulful sounds of the city’s more traditional forms of R&B and DAWN’s own innovative brand of electronic sonics, “new breed” sees DAWN at her most eclectic, drawing on a wide range of influences and, alongside contributions from the likes of Cole M.G.N (Christine & The Queens, Ariel Pink), Kaveh Rastegar (John Legend, Sia) and Hudson Mohawke, has been largely self produced.
Check out her Tiny Desk Concert below.