The purpose built next generation interstellar Dawn Richard thread

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THIS FUCKING ALBUM.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN-LZ5BQoKI

Tim F, Monday, 21 February 2011 10:21 (six years ago) Permalink

I like that the mixtape's implied critique of Last Train To Paris is that it's too chilled!

Tim F, Monday, 21 February 2011 10:23 (six years ago) Permalink

also u&k - this track that apparently emerged last year but isn't on the mixtape

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEyIVWFVatk

prod. rob holladay, who was responsible for most of the production on the dirty money lovelove vs. hatelove mixtape

is this where danity kane get a critical re-evaluation too? their second album was SO good. dawn always seemed like something of a creative driving force with them too. and they took their name from her imaginary anime character.

lex pretend, Monday, 21 February 2011 10:28 (six years ago) Permalink

this is my most played album of 2011

mumflop & sons (dayo), Monday, 21 February 2011 12:48 (six years ago) Permalink

It's so good!

Tim F, Monday, 21 February 2011 12:51 (six years ago) Permalink

the run from superhero (acapella) to the end is :O

mumflop & sons (dayo), Monday, 21 February 2011 12:58 (six years ago) Permalink

actually...the whole run from intro (the fall) to the end is :O

mumflop & sons (dayo), Monday, 21 February 2011 13:10 (six years ago) Permalink

^^^^

Tim F, Monday, 21 February 2011 13:24 (six years ago) Permalink

finally sitting down with A Tell Tale Heart and damn yeah, this is great. very considerate of the Diddy-Dirty Money folks to already start turning Last Train To Paris into its own little genre with the release of this and the Valentine's Day mixtape just a couple months later.

funny that I was the first person to mention this record's existence on ILM but like the 30th to actually hear it.

some dude, Monday, 21 February 2011 19:59 (six years ago) Permalink

finally hearing her voice in isolation for extended periods of time is nice, too; the slightly raspy grain is a bit like Brandy but not too much.

some dude, Monday, 21 February 2011 20:01 (six years ago) Permalink

talking of the LTTP mini-genre, did everyone hear the lektro black mixtape diddy did with felix da housecat that was meant to precede it (well, it did precede it, just by a year rather than a few months)? one of the most banging hours of music i've ever heard. http://rcrdlbl.com/2009/08/14/exclusive_new_download_felix_da_housecat_x_diddy_lectro_black_last_train_to_paris_mixtape

lex pretend, Monday, 21 February 2011 20:08 (six years ago) Permalink

digging the version of "I Know" on here, too, you could slot this right in place of the album version on LTTP and get closer to an ideal Chris Brown-less version of the album.

some dude, Monday, 21 February 2011 20:11 (six years ago) Permalink

finally hearing her voice in isolation for extended periods of time is nice, too; the slightly raspy grain is a bit like Brandy but not too much.

Brandy is a useful comparison point actually, in some ways this is like Full Moon if it was an album of straight bangers.

Tim F, Monday, 21 February 2011 21:47 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah i love this mixtape. Have to listen more but i think "vibrate" is my favorite

kl0p's son (k3vin k.), Monday, 21 February 2011 23:12 (six years ago) Permalink

i wonder what it is about dawn that made diddy keep her around after the dissolution of dannity kane

pop the s1ock (J0rdan S.), Monday, 21 February 2011 23:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Wasn't she the best singer out of everyone in Danity Kane? I mean there is nothing about her that screams "super star" but I think the pop/r&b audience are so use to big personalities that a straight forward singer may seem boring. Dawn isn't boring per se but maybe Diddy needed a "real" singer around Bad Boy since Cassie was the only female for a little spell after Danity Kane split up.

Okay Pet Shop Boys Aren't That Bad. (lilsoulbrother), Monday, 21 February 2011 23:32 (six years ago) Permalink

i really know nothing about danity kane or any of its members, but being the best singer makes sense

pop the s1ock (J0rdan S.), Monday, 21 February 2011 23:33 (six years ago) Permalink

I never listen to a note of Danity Kane as I don't like the idea of 5 person singing group. I saw a video of her performing with Diddy doing "Last Night" waaayy back and assumed she was better than the other four.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGlhmDw7zhc

Okay Pet Shop Boys Aren't That Bad. (lilsoulbrother), Monday, 21 February 2011 23:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Danity Kane, anyone?

prescience from brainwasher!

well at least we'll be getting a Dawn solo album I guess.

― Put A Ring On It (The Brainwasher), Wednesday, October 15, 2008 2:39 AM (2 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 00:02 (six years ago) Permalink

i'd love to hear a version of a tell tale heart where several of the songs didn't sound like they were recorded underwater

kl0p's son (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 22 February 2011 04:42 (six years ago) Permalink

does 'blackout'-era britney have much crossover w/ this stuff? i'm listening to "radar" (love love love) right now and i could see the drama being pitched up slightly in a way that would totally fit w/ the 'LTTP sound'

pop the s1ock (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 22 February 2011 06:42 (six years ago) Permalink

"vibrate" is nuts

pop the s1ock (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 22 February 2011 07:13 (six years ago) Permalink

i'd love to hear a version of a tell tale heart where several of the songs didn't sound like they were recorded underwater

YES (i mean, i assume this will be the actual album if and when it emerges)

blackout's a good comparison point, i mentioned it in my LTTP review from the "constant surprising sonic thrillz" standpoint, but re: dawn specifically there's also that impulse to get drunk and curse and act out sexually running through it (though obv she's coming at it from a more controlled persona...)

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 08:08 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah she's interesting in that she's a controlled singer doing "unhinged" R&B - there are aspects of this album that remind me of K Michelle and Fantasia and J Hudson and Brooke Valentine in parts but it's mostly sonic rather than vocal.

This works for me though I'll have to think about why, can't come up with a neat explanation for it yet.

Tim F, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:03 (six years ago) Permalink

i'm still unbelievably pissed off that my chat w/dawn and kalenna has been lost to the vagaries of hard drive death - they said some really interesting things, esp re: their differing singing/songwriting styles, and both generally came across as totally smart and totally on it, and a bit like...necessary to keep diddy down to earth?

tim, you heard the last danity kane album right? if not, omg you need it. (i probably need their first one! never heard it)

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:07 (six years ago) Permalink

I think I heard and liked the singles? I can't remember now if I checked out the album or not.

In my head I kind of just slot Danity Kane as halfway between Dream and Pussycat Dolls and keep forgetting that this is based purely on pop-cultural arithmetic rather than what they actually sound like.

Tim F, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:11 (six years ago) Permalink

it's not entirely offbase w/r/t what they sound like either

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd5lzwctwUk

that was probably one of my favourites off the album, which made a really great companion piece at the time to...blackout, as it happens - danja helmed a good chunk of it and most of the beats were rather great.

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:14 (six years ago) Permalink

"bulletproof" is so immense, steel pistons grinding into motion

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 12:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Love "Superhero"

banjee trillness (The Reverend), Tuesday, 22 February 2011 20:46 (six years ago) Permalink

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dawnangelique

Wrong-Way Willy (Andy K), Tuesday, 22 February 2011 21:33 (six years ago) Permalink

any good?

kl0p's son (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 22 February 2011 21:49 (six years ago) Permalink

booty in da pants

pop the s1ock (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 22 February 2011 21:50 (six years ago) Permalink

does 'blackout'-era britney have much crossover w/ this stuff? i'm listening to "radar" (love love love) right now and i could see the drama being pitched up slightly in a way that would totally fit w/ the 'LTTP sound'

― pop the s1ock (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, February 22, 2011 1:42 AM (15 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

um aside from multiple beats by Danja on both albums i don't really see any connection beyond urban-leaning pop and pop-leaning rap/R&B kinda meeting each other halfway. also lol @ blackout-era britney like that's some kind of defining touchstone of anything outside the ilx hivemind.

some dude, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 21:57 (six years ago) Permalink

it's a defining touchstone of the pop genre, i think - almost certainly the most critically acclaimed of her albums

lex pretend, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 00:02 (six years ago) Permalink

the popjustice crowd (and most top 40/pop fans I've talked to) generally consider it to be the best pop album of at least the second half of the decade, if that means anything

prolego, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 00:23 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah i was exaggerating about it being a big deal only on ilm but calling it her most critically acclaimed album is i think pretty off -- on metacritic it's 3% lower than Circus, 5% lower than In The Zone, 11% lower than Oops -- it's only put on a pedestal in a very particular internet bubble.

some dude, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 01:00 (six years ago) Permalink

Eh, Metacritic only analyzes initial reviews, not an album's long-term legacy.

banjee trillness (The Reverend), Wednesday, 23 February 2011 01:24 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah obviously there's a lot of nuance that it doesn't accurately measure -- i'm just saying there's this kind of assumption that it's universally regarded as the high point of her career that i don't think really holds water

some dude, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 01:36 (six years ago) Permalink

Realistically though Dawn Richard is highly unlikely to attain any success outside of that internet bubble (or an overlapping one) so it's not so misfounded or misleading a point of comparison.

If I say "maybe Dawn Richard's album is gonna be the 2011 equiv of Chain Letter" it's no more ridic, really.

Tim F, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 03:29 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah who knows if DR has any commercial potential (although LTTP might have legs enough to set her up well, who knows), but Blackout being singled out as a comparison point over all the other dancey Danja-produced R&B/pop albums of the last few years seemed kinda arbitrary.

some dude, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 03:36 (six years ago) Permalink

what other notable danja-produced R&B/pop albums are out there? (honest q)

Neu! romancer (dayo), Wednesday, 23 February 2011 03:42 (six years ago) Permalink

i wanna know if the first 20 seconds to "let love in" are supposed to be part of the song or if it's part of another one - sounds absolutely heavenly

kl0p's son (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 23 February 2011 03:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Really enjoying this but the shitty mixtape sound quality is really harshing my buzz. Why do these songs not sound louder?

Matt DC, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 12:05 (six years ago) Permalink

'Sounds louder' is usually a bad thing imo.

banjee trillness (The Reverend), Thursday, 24 February 2011 00:47 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i think he means the levels are quiet in an unmastered way that makes the whole thing sound less full/alive, which is a totally valid gripe and not at all an aesthetic thing.

"Hey" has not been singled out itt as a standout and that needs to be rectified.

dayo technology (some dude), Friday, 1 April 2011 20:57 (six years ago) Permalink

what other notable danja-produced R&B/pop albums are out there? (honest q)

― Neu! romancer (dayo), Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:42 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark

if we're talking stuff from when Danja was Timbaland's right hand man (and those should probably count since Danja had a huge influence on the sound of those records), Timberlake's FutureSex and Furtado's Loose. but i was referring to stuff heavy on Danja solo productions like Diddy's LTTP and Press Play, Keri Hilson's 1st album, Danity Kane's 2nd album, Katharine McPhee's 1st album.

dayo technology (some dude), Friday, 1 April 2011 21:02 (six years ago) Permalink

"hey" is amazing yes

lex pretend, Saturday, 2 April 2011 08:27 (six years ago) Permalink

ship otm

"runway" & "vibrate" are also the joints off this

J0rdan S., Saturday, 2 April 2011 08:39 (six years ago) Permalink

i like how the art for this album could double as a los campesinos cover

J0rdan S., Saturday, 2 April 2011 08:46 (six years ago) Permalink

kmt

lex pretend, Saturday, 2 April 2011 08:46 (six years ago) Permalink

That's not fair: "Not Above That" is a perfectly decent real song, but it feels very distant from the rest of Dawn's solo work. Hearing Dawn be an R&B "siren" is weird.

― Tim F, 29. november 2016 12:34 (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Well, Maya Vik of Young Michael Douglas fame wrote it, and it feels very much like a Maya Vik song to me, at least.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 18:07 (seven months ago) Permalink

Currently digging the Kate Bush vamping on "Lillies." This album does so many things in such a short span.

birthday party, cheesecake, jelly beans, boom (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 1 December 2016 04:12 (seven months ago) Permalink

tryna figure out where the songs are, nothing's sticking with me.

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 09:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

http://thetalkhouse.com/talkhouse-playlist-dawn-richard/

it makes lots of sense that "little earthquakes" is her tori amos pick!

lex pretend, Saturday, 17 December 2016 18:53 (seven months ago) Permalink

What a lovely and telling playlist!

After half a dozen listens this album is beginning to surpass Blackheart for me and rise to near the top of my favourites this year. I love everything about it and her. Such energy!

dance band (tangenttangent), Saturday, 17 December 2016 20:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

it made my top ten

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 17 December 2016 20:55 (seven months ago) Permalink

wow I did not see that Rachel Syme interviewed her (for p4k): http://pitchfork.com/features/interview/9795-the-indivisible-dwn/

Wozniak on Kimye's Baby (jaymc), Thursday, 22 December 2016 05:55 (seven months ago) Permalink

love that she gives a shout-out to girlpool

Wozniak on Kimye's Baby (jaymc), Thursday, 22 December 2016 05:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

Has she ever listened to Nona Hendryx's Skindiver?

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Monday, 26 December 2016 07:34 (six months ago) Permalink

I was always a nerd

Jeff W, Saturday, 7 January 2017 13:23 (six months ago) Permalink

Lots of celebrities say things like that -- I was a nerd, I was a geek -- and I'm sure it's true for some number of them. But Dawn's nerd cred is pretty undeniable. Not many people have named a band after their own anime character.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 7 January 2017 15:24 (six months ago) Permalink

Also, reading that made me finally finish the review of Redemption I started a while ago, so fwiw it's here: http://bit.ly/2jnV2z4

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 7 January 2017 18:55 (six months ago) Permalink

ive been listening to this album a tonne in the past week. so many good tracks it's hard to pick a favorite. hell even valhalla has one of my favorite moments of the album on it

just another (diamonddave85), Saturday, 7 January 2017 19:01 (six months ago) Permalink

Nice piece, tipsy.

Jeff W, Saturday, 7 January 2017 21:01 (six months ago) Permalink

Thanks!

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 7 January 2017 23:26 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah very nice!

lex pretend, Sunday, 8 January 2017 11:16 (six months ago) Permalink

If you liked 'Infrared' from last year, there's a whole lot more of it coming:
http://singersroom.com/content/2017-01-17/dawn-richard-paint-blue-rizzla-remix/

Jeff W, Friday, 20 January 2017 13:51 (six months ago) Permalink

There's also a remix of "Vines" up on soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/dawn_richard/dawn-vines-remix

oh and a CD of Redemption with "unreleased bonus tracks" (more remixes?) coming in Feb, I gather

Jeff W, Friday, 20 January 2017 13:54 (six months ago) Permalink

So she's got a collaboration with David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors) coming out, according to his interview in Pitchfork

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Tuesday, 24 January 2017 20:55 (five months ago) Permalink

I shouldna doubted her - https://twitter.com/DawnRichard/status/823990273512353792

Jeff W, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 21:00 (five months ago) Permalink

11 folks voted for her album in the Voice critics poll

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 21:05 (five months ago) Permalink

are we going to talk about this or what

suggest bannon (||||||||), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 20:24 (five months ago) Permalink

you mean this dirty projectors/dawn richard track? kicks ass

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 20:34 (five months ago) Permalink

Love that Solange wrote this track

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 21:05 (five months ago) Permalink

Dirty Projectors are real hit and miss with me but this is dope

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 21:15 (five months ago) Permalink

Lol at Dave Longstreth's mastery of one facial expression in this video

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 20:05 (five months ago) Permalink

i fuck with this

k3vin k., Wednesday, 8 February 2017 20:10 (five months ago) Permalink

Video is unwatchable but the song is cool

Spottie, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 20:26 (five months ago) Permalink

when longstreth sings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ein57OSrqoA

suggest bannon (||||||||), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 20:45 (five months ago) Permalink

I hear violence?

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 20:45 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Redemption is out on CD and vinyl as of last Monday (in the UK anyways). More accurately, the title RedemptionHeart appears to have been revived for the physical release.

The CD has two previously unreleased bonus tracks, "Hurricane" and "Van Gogh". The latter sounds like a keeper judging by the clips on Juno:
http://www.juno.co.uk/products/dawn-richard-redemption/637147-01/

Jeff W, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 21:10 (five months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

You can listen to both "Hurricane" and "Van Gogh" here. "Van Gogh" is ace

https://soundcloud.com/dawn_richard

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 17 March 2017 00:52 (four months ago) Permalink

agreed on van gogh; lovely.

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Friday, 17 March 2017 18:56 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5Zp5S-MPhM

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 4 April 2017 17:58 (three months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

i love this https://soundcloud.com/dawn_richard/gravity

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 8 July 2017 16:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

her tour starts in detroit on thursday!

maura, Saturday, 8 July 2017 18:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

7/13 Detroit
7/14 Chicago (Pitchfork Festival)
7/15 Toronto
7/17 Montreal
7/19 Portland
7/20 Boston
7/21 Philadelphia
7/22 Brooklyn

maura, Saturday, 8 July 2017 18:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

bk is long sold out, sadface

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Sunday, 9 July 2017 14:52 (one week ago) Permalink

Another new one on Soundcloud today:
https://soundcloud.com/dawn_richard/maybe

Prefer this to Gravity, I think.

Jeff W, Sunday, 9 July 2017 14:57 (one week ago) Permalink

talked to dawn, wish i had thousands of words

https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2017/07/18/dawn-richard-edge-everything-and-controls/3jUuZEAKWARqhBwiRngPPK/story.html

maura, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:04 (three days ago) Permalink

She was excellent in her Pitchfork debut last Friday afternoon.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:05 (three days ago) Permalink

I am so bummed that I missed her! (And you!) Damn redeye jetlag. But she's playing down the block from me tomorrow, so.

maura, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:11 (three days ago) Permalink

you were there? Aw.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:14 (three days ago) Permalink

yay maura

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:42 (three days ago) Permalink

maura and I caught this last night. Holy shit. She was INCREDIBLE. She gave a rapturous audience in a small club 2 straight hours of fire, and THAT VOICE. Holy shit.

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Friday, 21 July 2017 18:36 (yesterday) Permalink

damn

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 21 July 2017 18:48 (yesterday) Permalink

She was greeting people and taking pictures with fans afterward. I thought about sticking around to talk to her but a) after doing what she just did, I didn't want to make her talk any more than she had to, and b) I am old and wanted to go home.

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Friday, 21 July 2017 18:53 (yesterday) Permalink

sounds awesome DJP

love Gravity

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 21 July 2017 20:56 (yesterday) Permalink


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