Dawn Richard of Danity Kane decided to put her own twist on ‘Dark Horse’ and things got real dark.
After the official video dropped last week this remix couldn’t have come at a better time. We all needed to be reminded of how good of a song this is. Not going to lie, the egyptian themed video nearly ruined the song for me. I found myself more bored by it then before, but it’s back to love now thanks to ol’ faithful (Dawn).
Produced by NoisecastleIII, the re-imagined number removes the pop elements of the song to give us some gritty trap beauty. Dawn has never done us wrong before and this time is no different.
Dubbed ‘The Unicorn Remix’, the track has been making rounds through the blogosphere since early this week.
If you’ve been sleeping on Dawn now would be the time to wake up.
The track is extremely hypnotizing. Between the vocals and the beat I don’t feel like myself anymore.
*Gets on all fours and gallops down the street*
When I first listened to the song I despised it, but that all changed after the first chorus. The mechanical background vocals remind me of Imogen Heap, especially with the distorted harmonies. The song turned from bizarre to perfect in the 3 minute run time.
Dawn’s melody play is brilliant, especially during the second part of the verses. This is the same woman who wrote ‘Lights Out’, so we all knew she had it in her. She has a keen sense of obscure melody and delivery. It’s the reason she’s always stood out.
Well, that and the voice.
But let’s take a second and talk about that breakdown.
It’s no longer –
But more like –
NoisecastleIII gave the song the character it needed to take it to the next level. Dawn and Noise are also collaborating on her upcoming solo album Black Heart. If this is what they’re cooking then I’m in. Plus, who knows, maybe Danity Kane might get a little Noise love this year.
Now there’s really no going back.
The best part of a song being successful is all of covers it gets. Rarely do ones rival the original. While Katy’s version will ultimately reign supreme, Dawn gave her a serious run for her money. She made me appreciate the song more.
I hate industry politics because if it wasn’t for them Dawn would be on top of the charts.
And if you still need I leave you with ‘Hey’.
If you don’t like either, you’re seriously pressed.