dvsn – SEPT. 5TH
The mysterious duo of dvsn – initially identifiable only by a literal “division” symbol – caught everyone’s attention with their initial debut singles “Too Deep” and “The Line.” dvsn’s ability to merge melody and sensual sound, along with an air of mystery, caught the ears of many – including Drake, who promptly moved to sign the group to his OVO imprint.
Though it was snubbed by the Grammys, dvsn’s SEPT. 5TH debut album, released back in April, was easily one of the most refreshing debuts of the year, if not the decade. Thankfully left to their own devices without a Drake feature, producer Nineteen85 and vocalist Daniel Daley added a “Spring Training” period to Cuffing Season. From baby makers that allowed Daley to coach his lover (“Do It Well”); to songs about the arduous but necessary process of love (“Try/Effortless”); to an obvious reference to the ’80s R&B era (“Another One”), SEPT. 5TH had something for everyone… and often left listeners wanting to cuddle up mid-listen. –Bradford Howard