|"Some kinda.....": Dwele
by michael heyliger
Neo-soul singer Dwele hails from The Motor
City, and it shows in his music. His
butter-smooth voice and love for
orchestration obviously comes from a love
for classic Motown. He has a nose for jazzy
arrangements like his fellow Detroit singer
Kem. And the slight hip-hop spice of his
music is a nod to his fellow Midwesterners in
Chicago like Common and Kanye West.
After creating a buzz guesting on songs by his Detroit homies Slum
Village, Dwele's debut album, "Subject" became a moderate hit in
2003. Just over two years later, his sophomore effort, "Some Kinda..."
provides more of the smooth grooves and creamy vocals that made
his debut a treat to listen to.
Songs like 'Holla" are reminiscent of Marvin Gaye. Much like Marvin,
Dwele has a love for grand orchestration and moody atmospherics.
Strings and horns abound throughout the album, and Dwele
occasionally swaths his voice in echo and stacked overdubs to create
an ambient mood. "Know Your Name" is a midtempo, bass-heavy
dance floor shaker that will definitely get couples bumping and
Dwele is also coming into his own as a
songwriter. Although he doesn't
move too far beyond the typical love
song, he shows an eye for detail
and humor on songs like "Flapjacks".
Dwele sings to a potential love
acquaintance with a conversational
cadence and smooth flow that recalls
Musiq's best work. "A Pimp's Dream" is
another track on which Dwele
proves to be coming into his own as a songwriter.
Dwele proves himself adept at several musical styles on this release.
Much like the aforementioned Musiq, he's particularly strong with
classic-minded soul music with a contemprary edge. But one senses
that Dwele just might have the capability to be one of those Al
Jarreau/George Benson types. He proves this on songs like the
story-based title track and the sublimely jazzy "Wake The baby" with
Dwele's smooth voice and sumptuous musical arrangements may
make him a force to be reckoned with in the force of R&B. "Some
Kinda..." is a strong second effort from him that holds up well against
much of the R&B that's made a splash this year.
For more information about Dwele visit: www.dwele.net