Dawn Richard: Nostalgia

From Dawn Richard’s sixth solo LP, Second Line (a nod to the parades of her hometown, New Orleans), “Nostalgia” celebrates dance music of yesteryear, while remaining sonically contemporary. Written and produced by Richard (along with production from Ila Orbis), the song’s pulsating, wobbly bass line is balanced by spacey synths and ad-lib-style vocals. The album as a whole, Richard says, is “a movement to bring pioneering …

Kimbra + DAWN: Version of Me

For the collaborative rework of a standout track on her last album Primal Heart, Kimbra and DAWN (aka Dawn Richard) display extraordinary, intertwined vocal work in “Version of Me.” Eerie, almost Wendy Carlos-like synth work sets a darker tone than the original. And the accompanying music video directed by Micaiah Carter offers an uncompromising, intimate vision of both singers. This is Kimbra at her most …

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DJ Shadow + Nils Frahm, D∆WN's high-energy pop and some NSFW facesitting this week in music

Blonde Redhead: Dripping Veteran NYC avant-rock trio Blonde Redhead (made up of Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simon and Amedeo Pace) released their ninth studio album Barragán back in September 2014. From it, the hushed and hazy lead single “Dripping” (“I saw you dripping sunlight / I saw you dripping moonlight”) previously had a music video-cum-ad for fashion label AllSaints. Now comedian Eric Wareheim makes …