[Image: via Noisey]
I think it is time to formally thank Toronto for bringing us the talents of Deborah Cox, Drake, and now dvsn (pronounced division). The alternative R&B duo is slowly creeping into the lanes and surpassing the likes of their cohorts The Weeknd, PartyNextDoor, and others that try mastering that haunting yet seductive sounds we keep hearing more and more of. Although not very forthcoming about their identities, the duo consists of producer Paul Jefferies, better known as Nineteen85, and singer Daniel Daley.
Named one of 15 new producers to watch in Complex Magazine in 2014, Nineteen85 has definitely lived up to hype. Born July 1, 1985, in Scarborough, Canada, Paul Jefferies is “stay lowkey and grind” personified. Prior to the Complex article and the formation of dvsn, Nineteen85 was making major waves in the industry. He has worked with the likes of Drake, Juicy J, Jessie Ware, Nicki Minaj, and Jennifer Hudson. He has produced hits like Drake’s 2015 Hotline Bling that went quintuple platinum, Drake’s 2013 smash Hold On, We’re Going Home that went triple platinum, and Nicki Minaj’s club banger Truffle Butter that went platinum. Nineteen85 has also produced seven out of the 20 tracks on Drake’s most recent album Views that has peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. So basically Mr. Jefferies is this super-ninja-spy producer that makes hit after hit and smoothly slides back into recluse.
Even more reclusive than Jefferies is his super-ninja-spy partner and other half of dvsn, Daniel Daley. Also hailing from Scarborough, Daley is the vocal contributor to the duo. Although Daley is the vocalist of the duo, you will be hard pressed to find many receipts of his vocal ability aside from dvsn’s first studio album SEPT 5TH. Daley started making moves in the pop/R&B arena around Ontario in 2010. That music has since disappeared from the internet. Aside from singing the hook on Lost In My Way by Lecrae in 2013, the only other bread crumbs Daley has left us to follow are back to 2009 where he was a finalist in a contest called Urban X-Posure (think of a Canadian American Idol but for “urban” music). Torontomusicscen.ca has called Daley “the voice of a nation” and “one of the last hopes for a successful act in today’s declining music industry.”
Dvsn is not a flashy duo. They don’t posses the Kardashian look-at-me quality that the industry is overflowing with. Dvsn lets the music speak for itself. Numbers do not matter nor do sales. Only quality music matters to dvsn, and that’s exactly what they have given us. Dvsn seem to effortlessly do what their counterparts are struggling to.
With Daley’s versatile vocal ability and Jefferies’s impressive history of superior production, dvsn is on it’s way to being OVO’s standout artist. Upcoming tour dates are below.
See you soon..
Tickets on sale Friday pic.twitter.com/m3DcHnFI9G
— dvsn ÷ (@dvsndvsn) May 16, 2016
Listen to dvsn’s first studio album, SEPT 5TH:
- Stream: https://play.spotify.com/album/0jLynoED1FbV2Ky7vU6Pjc