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Dec 1st 2002


Dwele - Rize: (Virgin)


You may not know his name yet but believe me when I tell you this, you will, you will. Dwele (who's birth name is Andwele Gardner) is a soul singer superstar in the making. Having supplied the voice behind Slum Village's latest smash hit 'Tainted, Dwele is set to put out this debut release 'Rize' (again). Said Dwele 'I put together a cassette of mostly vocal-based tracks -- just to see how people would take to it -- which became my Rize tape. I had 100 copies made, and they sold out in a week. That was back in 98, so it's pretty crazy that people are still discussing that tape on the Internet now.'

This talented singer/songwriter/producer/composer who was born, raised and calls Detroit his home has created a superb album, a glimpse in to the future of what modern soul music will be - this from an album that he made in 98 and tracks on there that more than rival any neo-soul act of today. Songs like A.N.G.E.L, No Doubt, Too Fly and Melodies are truly classic modern soul at it's very best - smooth, rich deep like undertones based with the introduction of synths and strings throughout is evident everywhere (and again this was made 4 yrs ago my friends when the neo-soul movement was basically taking shape in the likes of D'Angelo, Erykah Badu and Maxwell coming full circle).

This album is destined to be a classic in my eyes and should be in yours too, it's one that definitely holds a slot inyour current playlist. Be on the look out for this one it's going to be huge (mark my words). Another TY-D Pick indeed. 

Listen to Dwele's 'Melodies'

Listen to Dwele's 'No Doubt'





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