Singer-songwriter Sam Dew has been working behind the scenes for a hot minute. If you’re any respectable pop culture aficionado, you’ve heard some of his songwriting work from artists such as Rihanna, Usher, Skrillex and Wale. Originally from Chicago, Dew has gone on to make his groundbreaking solo debut with the release of his latest EP “Damn Sue.” The album was produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, who has already worked with Dew on five records. This experience of working together reveals itself in the polish of Dew’s much anticipated debut.
“Damn Sue” is a concept EP, with a 6-track list that’s a journey through Dew’s ever changing creative inspirations. The genre of the EP finds itself a mix between alternative, soul, blues and rock. The songs are melodic yet diverse, with each song flowing into the other, weaving through separate experiences yet leaving the listener with the story of one man’s journey.
More than just a title, “Damn Sue” is a fictional woman; a metaphor for flawed romance. The EP starts with the track titled “Desperately,” which Dew describes as “your loneliness and your desire to be with someone. Whether it’s best for you or not, you have to deal with that truth.” The song is followed by “Air,” “Lie,” “Rewind,” “Reincarnation” and ends with “Victor,” a track that makes peace with life’s inevitable barriers which lead to self realization-empowerment. Dew himself is a soul singer whose lyrics depict authentic human realities in a very eloquent yet matter-of-fact manner. His musical interpretations are accurately expressed in this timeless and honest EP.
With his one of a kind talent, Dew has been gaining music buzz on his own terms. He was recently featured in Complex magazine, added to Brooklyn’s Afropunk festival in August, and has been interviewed by every up and coming music site; basically he’s everywhere. After years of being the behind the scenes creative, he is now in your face, honest, and soulfully in the forefront.
Listen to “Desperately” one of our favorite tracks off the album here on KingstontoLA: