When DWELE's vocals on KANYE WEST'S massive international hits "POWER" and "FLASHING LIGHTS" hit worldwide radio for the very first time, a much wider audience than ever before was blessed with the Neo Soul sound that has been enjoyed by music connaisseurs since his debut album "Subject" set the standard in 2003.
"Music is what I do and who I am," explains Dwele, multi-talented songwriter, producer and musician. "It's my release." And what a sweet, soulful release you will experience upon hearing his new album "Some Kinda."
The album's simple title underlines the artist's laid-back, elegant take on today's R&B music. Dwele's sophisticated sophomore collection is 13 tracks deep, including a few groove-infused interludes designed to maintain the record's sexy mood. Along with tapping his own songwriting and producing talents on nine tracks on "Some Kinda," he enlisted the expertise of fellow writer/producers Mike City (Bilal, Nappy Roots, Dave Hollister), Jay Dilla (of Slum Village and Common fame), as well as G-1 (R. Kelly, Raphael Saadiq), with whom he partnered on "Find A Way," the first single from his last album.
The music world has certainly transformed in two years since 26-year-old Dwele stepped to the plate with his debut album, "Subject." Entertainment Weekly raved that the album "spreads sultry, jazz-inflected R&B over subtle but muscular hip-hop grooves." Cornrows aligned symmetrically and Midwest cool in full effect, there's no denying that hte artist stays repping for the (313), his native Detroit, where he recently moved into a new space. "Changing scenery offers you a different mood and energy for creating," he admits. "If the sun is up and it's hot in the loft, I'm coming with a hype song. But once the sun starts to go down, it's a beautiful time to make music -- baby-making music."
Born Andwele (translated from Swahili, it means "God has brought me") Gardner, he's a legacy of the hip-hop generation, one who pays homage to and can recite the musical traditions of years past. A self-professed devotee of jazz & R&B, he's also been known to keep his ears pressed against speakers blaring the sounds of Miles, Marvin, Donny, Stevie, and on the next beat, he acknowledges the efforts of his contemporaries -- think Faith, Tweet, Carl Thomas, and even Mike Jones' hip-hop rumblings from deep down in the Dirty South. Dwele clearly understands that in music, as in life, change remains an inevitable force. "I like the fact that music constantly evolves," he notes, "because that's what keeps the game exciting." [more]