I’m no Math major, but it does not take mathematical equations and quantum physics to find out how all the hype adds up for shining stars DVSN and their sophomore project, Morning After. The hype surrounding this project for weeks was by the bounds, so I had to investigate myself. Nevertheless, the Canadian duo signed to OVO Sound, comprised of singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85, delivered a noteworthy project beautifully adding to the new anthology of New R&B Kings returning to the soulful genuineness of the Rhythm and Blues genre. I came in not knowing any material by the collective, and this project set a splendid precedent, track by track.
“Run Away” set the tone for the project with a knocking beat and a background choir to display the soulful direction the project would be heading in. Even only being the second track, “Nuh Time/Tek Time” stood out from the album as one of its defining tracks by showing DVSN’s had such a hypnotic quality that it seemed like the greatest (albeit harmless) drug that you have ever gotten high on. “Keep Calm” brilliantly represented the musical embodiment of what it means to really make love and be romantically involved with someone. “I want this forever,” Daniel Daley sings passionately amongst the lovely samples and nostalgia.
Adding to the captivating and innocent childhood like sounds comes “Think About Me”, another stand-out track of the album which is arguably the best ex-lover song contender of the year. “Don’t Choose” continues the childhood like innocence nostalgic sound mixed with grown-ass loving as Daniel Daley flows ever so eloquently and effortlessly over an addicting beat. Speaking about the dating concept of “rosters”, a soulful sample helps to solidify the beauty of how it feels to be loved by someone who really loves you back. “Mood”, although sounding as cliché as “vibe” was actually an entire mood that felt good: Beachy vibes and Maxwell vibes hit the chords of your soul, but it was Daniel Daley’s falsetto that truly stole the show.
Lawd, lawd, yessss lawddd. “P.O.V” was incredibly well orchestrated from start to finish by Nineteen85. An extra mean Maxwell sample provided the “umph” along with Daniel Daley’s voice creating the perfect solo modern R&B track. With a boldness, Daniel Daley sings “Change your positions like you change your mind” as he serenades a sure-fire hit. “You Do” was a lovely and soothing transition into the title track called “Morning After.” With this track, it was proven that an R&B singer still cannot fail with a good old-fashioned guitar ballad. Nineteen85’s production on this track flawlessly displayed how you can use another culture’s influence without sounding like you are blatantly jacking their style (something that their boss should take note of). The title track contained what I considered to be the best chorus of the album; a radio hit or successful single for sure if released. “Can’t Wait” was smooth with arguably the waviest instrumental on the album. God bless you Nineteen85. “Claim” justified all the claims behind the hype of the collective as the next track, “Body Smile”, gives you that “hold you in my arms as we talk out our problems” style of classic R&B. “Conversations in a Diner” was a quaint end to a dynamically impactful New Skool R&B album.
Do yourself a favor and tune into DVSN’s “Morning After” when you get the chance on Apple Music and other streaming platforms; you (and possibly your lil’ boo thang) will not regret it.