DVSN // SEPT 5TH
Written By Judith Feenstra
To quote a trusted friend, “… you thought you already knew what your favorite sexy album of the year was… you thought Majid Jordan maybe… you thought Miguel… but you were wrong…”. And oh, was I wrong. Dvsn is a Canadian R&B duo, composed of singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85-- they are signed to OVO Sound record label and therefore, in some way or another, have Drake’s golden stamp of approval (and for good reason). Ninteen85 has been behind some of Drake’s biggest hits with production on “Hotline Bling”, “Hold On We’re Going Home”, and “Truffle Butter” with Nicki Minaj. No longer a mystery project, Dvsn’s first full length album SEPT 5TH officially debuted today and includes some unbelievably smooth, previously released singles like “Hallucinations”, “Too Deep”, and “With Me”.
Dvsn’s production is so clean that it’s almost transparent. With gorgeous envelope fades and stacked harmonies that are anything but predictable, SEPT 5TH is a masterpiece top to bottom whether you’re running at the top of your game or getting down to business. The album reads like a novel, the rising tracks, like “Try / Effortless”, position the record to a perfectly timed climax at its 7th track “Hallucinations” where the excitement described in the previous tracks is realized as finite and a clarity is released on the artist that leaves the listener completely spent. The last three tracks give an effortless conclusion to the story played out on this record—not one track is a throw-away.
Ninteen85 did a profile with FADER that spoke well to the mystery behind Dvsn’s construction and overall vision for the album.
“The “mystery” of this project doesn’t strike me as a deliberate media rollout plan. If anything, it was a reflection of its low-key mastermind, though you can’t beat a good whodunnit. A quick ASCAP repertoire search reveals just one officially registered dvsn song, the aforementioned “Too Deep,” with credits to Jefferies, Majid Jordan, Timbaland, the late Static Major, Maneesh, and the Toronto singer Daniel Daley.”
So wherever you are, stop and give SEPT 5TH a chance today—you won’t be sorry, I promise you will thank me.