Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2016 So Far



27. dvsn
Sept. 5
(OVO Sound)

Sept. 5th, numerically known as 9/05, is symbolic of the undeniable talent that's come out of the area code just outside of Toronto for the past five years — obviously, none more so than singer/production duo dvsn.

The cohesive, ambient sound that cradles Sept. 5th shouldn't come as a surprise; lead vocalist Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85 have been making music together for roughly 15 years prior to signing with the OVO Sound imprint.

All whispered melodies, echoing falsettos and throbbing bass lines, Sept. 5th contains mature odes to love ("With Me"), heartbreak ("Sept. 5") and affection ("Too Deep"), but also strong insecurities that keep reappearing throughout the album. Although there are highs and lows in relationships, "Angela" serves as a metaphor for dvsn's one true love — the city of Toronto. Sept 5th bares its soul for her.
Erin Lowers