One of music’s most distinctive vocalists collaborates with one of electronic music’s most respected producers on a candle-lit “weightless power ballad” for 2018.
Since breaking through as part of the cult r&b group Dirty Money, DAWN (aka Dawn Richard) has carved her own unique path as a solo vocalist. Her Blackheart album was FACT Mag’s #1 album of the year, and was in Best Album of 2015 charts by Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Vogue, LA Times and more, while 2016 saw her become the first ever artist to perform live in 360 degrees on YouTube, and join Adult Swim as a curator and designer.
In November 2016 DAWN released her latest album Redemption through Local Action, which featured on Best of 2016 lists from The Quietus, PopMatters, Vulture, Pitchfork and PASTE, and saw her ranked as one of Rolling Stone’s 10 Musical Renegades of 2016 with Beyonce, Chance the Rapper and more.
Mumdance has built one of electronic music’s most influential sounds – both through his releases on XL Recordings and his own Different Circles label. His singles with Novelist ‘Take Time’ & ‘1 Sec’ defined a new chapter in grime and featured high in Best Tracks of 2014/2015 lists from Resident Advisor, Mixmag, FACT, Noisey, Dummy and more, while he recently scored an official advert for Nike’s Nikelab/ACG collection.
Stripping things down to the very bare bones, ‘Guardian Angel’ has all the signifiers of of a classic Mumdance production, but crucially this is the first time he has applied his aesthetic to real instruments, enlisting a string section, a grand piano & electric guitar to flesh out his vision, resulting in his grandest music to date. Recorded in London together, the release sees these two unique musical forces come together for a soaring anthem that draws from both artists’ experimental tendencies but also aims for the sky.
Released 4 May 2018
Artwork by Our Place
Electric Guitar by Not Waving
Grand Piano by James Heather
Mastered by Matt Colton
Mixed by Mumdance & Brendon Harding
Strings by Demon Strings
Written & Produced by DAWN & Mumdance