Dende Drops Heartfelt New EP ‘Wish You Were Here’


Emerging R&B sensation Dende makes a triumphant return with his latest EP, Wish You Were Here, offering a soul-stirring journey through themes of love, longing, and introspection.

Inspired by his recent sojourn to the UK, Dende’s three-track project serves as a poignant reflection of his yearning for a distant love while navigating the depths of his emotions. Produced by Billy Blunt, with additional contributions from Dan Diggas and Henry Was, Wish You Were Here delivers a captivating blend of emotive lyricism and atmospheric soundscapes.

The EP unfolds with the introspective musings of “Your Intro,” setting the stage for Dende’s emotive storytelling and soulful delivery. Transitioning seamlessly into “Slide,” featuring the mesmerizing vocals of J Warner, Dende showcases his versatility as he effortlessly navigates his falsetto over lush, layered production.

Closing out the project with the poignant ballad “Jigsaw,” Dende delves into the intricacies of love and connection, likening the bond between him and his companion to a jigsaw puzzle. “We’re something like a jigsaw puzzle / Fit together good / I’d hate to lose a piece of us / So I do what I should,” he croons, encapsulating the essence of his heartfelt narrative.

Reflecting on the creation of Wish You Were Here, Dende expresses his pride in the evolution of his artistry alongside producer Billy Blunt. “Billy and I pride ourselves on making better music every time we release. I’m happy to say we for sure did it again,” he shares. Offering insight into the EP’s thematic underpinnings, Dende reveals, “This 3-pack is about being overseas and missing someone I loved while working on something else I love. A short story to introduce a much longer one. Wish You Were Here.”

Wish You Were Here follows in the footsteps of Dende’s critically acclaimed 2023 project, ’95 Civic, released in March. Reflecting on the significance of his previous release, Dende shares, “Releasing ’95 Civic feels like the last thing I needed to do to move on to the next phase of my life.” Despite the somber undertones of the project, Dende cherishes the collaborative spirit and creative process that shaped it, emphasizing the invaluable experiences shared with A&R Mizz and producer Billy Blunt.

With an impressive discography that includes standout releases like the EP Before We Crash, Dende continues to solidify his position as a rising force in the R&B landscape. As fans eagerly await the next chapter of his musical journey, Wish You Were Here serves as a poignant testament to his unwavering dedication to his craft.

Experience the soul-stirring resonance of Dende’s latest EP, Wish You Were Here, as he invites listeners on a heartfelt exploration of love and longing.