Dawn Richard gets a little help from Eve on, “Northern Lights,” off Goldenheart, the solo album she released in January. Richard injects her soulful R&B ballad with an electronic backbone of synths and clapping drums launching the track onto dancefloors and a relevant slot on the internet. A heavy 808 and Eve’s measured verses keep the song suspended somewhere in between a dreamy love song and a heated war cry.
If this is any indication of what’s to come from Richard’s solo career we’re cosigning. The signer is a former member of Diddy’s “Making The Band,”-spawned girl group, Danity Kane. From reality TV to E-V-E? Huge step up.