As part of WAVES, multi-platinum recording artist Dawn Richard stars in Nexus Re-Morph, a performance described as “the soul of R&B distorted in space-time, and rendered as a high tech video vortex” by its creator, influential producer and Fade to Mind label head, Kingdom.
The soul of R&B distorted in space-time, and rendered as a high tech video vortex; this is the world of Nexus Re-Morph, a non-linear R&B opera created by influential producer / Fade to Mind label head Kingdom and starring multi-platinum recording artist, Dawn Richard. The piece traverses vast emotional terrain from the darkness of love lost to the rapture of overcoming a natural disaster. The 60-minute performance will take the audience through a post-apocalyptic re-creation myth complete with enveloping tsunami waves, violent digital storms and alien wreckage. Dawn's emotional vocal delivery and Kingdom's otherworldly bass-driven beats will come together for the first time on stage, surrounded by dynamic multimedia projections created by Kyselina™.
Los Angeles-based producer, DJ and label head Kingdom (aka Ezra Rubin) has built considerable influence with both his discography and the output from his own imprint, Fade to Mind. Kingdom first began to make a name for himself via a series of mixtapes; eschewing traditional genre limitations while adeptly combining elements of grime, house, underground club music, and more with currents of hip-hop and R&B, he developed a hybridized, cutting-edge, and potent strain of dance music. Shortly thereafter his Fool's Gold-issued debut Mind Reader was released, but in 2009 it was Kingdom's work with London's Night Slugs label, especially the widely acclaimed That Mystic and Dreama EPs, that truly brought his razor-sharp productions to the masses. Eventually, he relocated to Los Angeles and set up Fade to Mind in collaboration with his friends Nguzunguzu, Total Freedom, and Prince Will. Operating as a sister label to Night Slugs, Fade to Mind's ethos ignores imagined distinctions between mainstream and underground while experimenting with avant-garde rhythms and crafting a uniquely futuristic and dancefloor-ready sound. Moreover, the imprint has provided Kingdom with a vehicle to further develop his craft, whether he's flipping R&B and rap cuts into twisted club tracks, producing Kelela's debut CUT 4 ME, or directing the label's next level visual aesthetic.
- Pitchfork: "Vertical XL Album Review" more
- Interview Magazine: "Sometimes I think that's what my music is like: a fantasy of an imagined club" more
- The Fader: "Kingdom shares his new Dawn Richard Collaboration" more
Dawn Angeliqué Richard, known professionally as Dawn Richard, is a multi-platinum American singer-songwriter. Richard started her career after auditioning for “Making the Band 3” in 2004. During this time Richard became a member of American girl band Danity Kane from 2005–2008, and in 2009 joined with label head Sean "Diddy" Combs and Kalenna Harper to form the group Diddy-Dirty Money. Being in two groups, Dawn already has two consecutive platinum #1 albums under her belt with Danity Kane, a platinum album "Last Train to Paris" with Diddy-Dirty Money, a gold single "Hello Good Morning", and a 3x platinum single with Diddy-Dirty Money titled "Coming Home".
- Billboard: "Dawn Richard Announces ‘Blackheart’ Album Release, Talks New Music & Moving On From Danity Kane" more
- Los Angeles Times: "Dawn Richard 'moving forward' from Danity Kane" more
- Pitchfork: "Dawn's stylistic promiscuity may be Armor On's key talking point" more
Kyselina™ (aka Alberto Pablo Troia) is a graphic designer and 3d artist living in Munich and Berlin. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, he collaborated with music producers and labels such as Drippin, Dan Bodan, Lotic, Janus, Her Records, Lit City Trax for whom he developed the visual communication for records, posters, press and online images. Troia is known for his cutting edge visual collages that merge the synthetic world of a techno society with the imagination of fairy tales and failure.
- YouTube: Kyselina™ Channel more
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