Subject by Dwele on Apple Music

16 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

After making a reputation for himself in his native Detroit by selling a self-produced CD out of his car trunk, Dwele earned the contract that resulted in his major-label debut: the sterling Subject. At a time when competition in the neo-soul arena was steep—D’Angelo, Bilal, and Maxwell all released classic albums around the same time as Subject—Dwele still managed to carve out a musical niche that was both lovingly vintage and wholly individualized. Part of it's his Detroit sensibility. The album is infused with the sleek and slippery grooves patented by his Detroit rap compatriots, especially Slum Village and J. Dilla. Dwele also shows an impressive amount of subtlety and taste in a genre that can often bring out the peacock in male performers. Beyond the masculine greats of R&B, his music is attuned to the hazy soul-jazz of Roy Ayers and the rich productions that Quincy Jones did for the Brothers Johnson in the late '70s. Though Marvin Gaye's spirit looms heavy in Dwele’s work, “Without You” and “Truth” don’t conjure Let’s Get It On so much as the pensive, ethereal Marvin of I Want You and Here, My Dear.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After making a reputation for himself in his native Detroit by selling a self-produced CD out of his car trunk, Dwele earned the contract that resulted in his major-label debut: the sterling Subject. At a time when competition in the neo-soul arena was steep—D’Angelo, Bilal, and Maxwell all released classic albums around the same time as Subject—Dwele still managed to carve out a musical niche that was both lovingly vintage and wholly individualized. Part of it's his Detroit sensibility. The album is infused with the sleek and slippery grooves patented by his Detroit rap compatriots, especially Slum Village and J. Dilla. Dwele also shows an impressive amount of subtlety and taste in a genre that can often bring out the peacock in male performers. Beyond the masculine greats of R&B, his music is attuned to the hazy soul-jazz of Roy Ayers and the rich productions that Quincy Jones did for the Brothers Johnson in the late '70s. Though Marvin Gaye's spirit looms heavy in Dwele’s work, “Without You” and “Truth” don’t conjure Let’s Get It On so much as the pensive, ethereal Marvin of I Want You and Here, My Dear.

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About Dwele

Adult contemporary R&B singer/songwriter/producer Dwele grew up on Detroit's west side, listening to soul music from Motown visionaries Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye as well as jazz on the radio. Born Andwele Gardner, he began writing songs at the age of ten, after his father was murdered outside his home, and attended Cody High in Detroit. Dwele spent a year studying music at Wayne State but then opted for an informal education, making music at his home while living in Dearborn and working for AAA. His demo tape, 1998's The Rize, made waves around the Motor City, and he spent time collaborating with Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village and Philadelphia rapper Bahamadia. Signed to Virgin on the strength of his songwriting and performance skills, Dwele released Subject in mid-2003 and cemented his appeal with European audiences (he was a favorite on Gilles Peterson's influential Radio 1 program) with a tour that summer. His second album, Some Kinda..., followed in 2005 and reached the Top 10 of the R&B chart. A couple years later, he provided the hook on Kanye West's hit single "Flashing Lights" and signed to Koch/eOne to release Sketches of a Man (2008) and W.ants W.orld W.omen (2010). Both albums maintained the singer's streak of Top Ten R&B albums. Greater Than One (2012), also released on eOne, featured some of his breeziest, most pleasing grooves. ~ John Bush

  • ORIGIN
    Detroit, MI
  • BORN
    Feb 14, 1978

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