Try / Effortless
Label: OVO Sound/Warner Records
DVSN is the latest addition to OVO Sound’s stable of lusty men. Like their labelmates, this deliberately mysterious duo revives Night Flight-era synth-pop and electro-funk. However, lead singer Daniel Daley has a strong, supple voice reminiscent of Frank Ocean, and he lends heft to these alt-R&B clichés. He delivers a nice vocal improvisation on “With Me,” pairs well with a gospel chorus on “Too Deep” and “The Line,” and reaches into a falsetto vocal for “In + Out.” On “Do It Well,” he compares watching exotic dancers to a therapy session, and admits, “You’re the only one I can talk to…and I ain’t gotta talk to you.” Just like OVO CEO Drake, these guys are thirsty for love.