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Essential tracks: 'Blackheart' beats with visionary soul sonics

Essential tracks: 'Blackheart' beats with visionary soul sonics

Dawn Richard, "Blackheart" (Our Dawn Records). Best known as an original member of Danity Kane, R&B singer Dawn Richard left the group last year (again) after a public kerfuffle revealed deep divisions among the crew. No disrespect to the others, but Richard is thriving without them. Over the last few years she's issued a series of works that hinted at a wildly visionary approach to soul sonics, and she's gone even further on "Blackheart." A collaboration with the Los Angeles producer Noisecastle III, Richards' second studio album is thick with synth-based polyrhythms and layers of Richard's often breathtaking voice. When delivered straight,...

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