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From Girl Group to the Club, Dawn Richard is now D∆WN

The former Danity Kane singer drops a new tune with a new alias tailor-made for the dancefloor.

by Zel McCarthy
Jun 8 2015, 4:55pm

Rarely are former girl group and boy band members as artistically daring as ex-Danity Kane singer Dawn Richard. Since the demise of DK and subsequent P. Diddy-backed group Diddy-Dirty Money, Richard has worked arduously (and often without significant backing) to release a pair of solo records, Goldenheart in 2013 and Blackheart in 2015. The latter was delayed by a brief and final reunion with Danity Kane, but a third album in a promised trilogy, to be titled Redemption Heart, is said to drop later this year.

Hopefully a release date is set soon, especially if "Running From Sane" is a taste of where Richard is at now. As her albums have become increasingly electronic (Blackheart debuted at No. 2 on US Dance charts) it's hardly a surprise that the tune, released through Adult Swim's summer singles series, is a straight-up dancefloor jam. Richard's vocal doesn't even make an appearance until two-thirds of the way into the mostly-instrumental track. Even though it's part of the Adult Swim aesthetic, it's worth noting that the single artwork is reminiscent of mid-00s Bedrock releases or the more minimalist artwork offerings from Fabriclive.

Produced by Noise Castle III (who also handled production on Blackheart), "Running From Sane" is the first of an all star Adult Swim singles lineup. Future weeks feature works by Owen Pallett, Peaches, Skrillex, and a SOPHIE remix of Sia (because sometimes the universe blesses us like that).

D∆WN's "Running From Sane" is available as a free download.

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