DWELE Sketches Of A Man (Koch) Rating: NNNN
Interesting how Andwele Gardner's pencil scribbles mutate into richly romantic watercolours in this crooner's third album. Worlds away from the Ushers and Chris Browns, Dwele expertly blends new-school seduction and old-school tradition.
The divine upgrade of Donuts' Workin' On It is truly magnificent. Performing on Kanye's Flashing Lights and Common's The People honed his Brown-Sugar-?era-D'Angelo hip-?hop-?soul sensibility. Though Slum Village's crude comments taint Brandi's aesthetics a bit, it's a rare blemish. Angular organs and bubbling bells adorn Blow Your Mind, but Dwele seems to be literal about the sketches part: a quarter of these 20 songs are tasty two-?minute teasers. But even with his drawing-board sketches, Dwele is approaching Marvin Gaye masterpiece status.