The avant-R&B star discusses her heritage, her creativity and her transformative new album, new breed.
new breed is the powerful new album from DAWN (the singular artist moniker of Dawn Richard), a feminist R&B statement that travels everywhere from Rihanna-type hard bops to avant-garde soul-funk excursions. Raised in New Orleans’ 9th Ward and a member of Bad Boy Records girl group Danity Kane, Dawn’s solo trajectory has been uniquely flavored and at times misunderstood – her albums have refused to settle into any predictable R&B grooves, reflecting her ever-changing visions and her broad taste. On today’s show, Peak Time correspondent Harley Brown sits down with DAWN to find out more about the life events that inspired new breed. We also pay tribute to Nacho Nava, the fixture of L.A. queer nightlife and Mustache Mondays promoter who passed away on Saturday; we’ll hear Nacho conversing about his work with Mexico City’s NAAFI crew.