“All the new R&B sounds the same”, “Singers can’t even sing”, “There’s no storytelling anymore”. These are some of the things that Dvsn (which is pronounced Division) hears in the music industry about R&B and it prompted the duo, which consists of singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85, to drop their latest album, ‘Working On My Karma’ on October 28, 2022.
The duo wanted to release a compilation of songs that were different from a lot of other artists which told an actual story. ‘Working On My Karma’ consists of twelve songs and is 43 minutes long. It has 2 features from Bleu and R&B group Jagged Edge. The album has a different feel to it than any other R&B sound that is out currently and could potentially have a huge impact on the genre of Soulful music.
One song I particularly liked was “What’s Up” featuring Jagged Edge because it has a 90’s R&B vibe to it. It has a slow but not too slow beat with a great flow. Jagged Edge really gave this song a great background sound as well. The song’s lyrics are like poetry which has a build-up to convey an excellent story. I also liked the track “Bring It” because it also has that 90’s vibe which is what Dvsn was going for with this album. “Bring It” has a more aggressive notion than “What’s Up” but is still a good listen.
I did not like the song “Last Time” featuring Bleu. It has a cool beat but the lyrics were horrific. The song is groovy, like a lot of Bleu’s songs, but it didn’t match Dvsn’s vibe. I also appreciated the single “If I Get Caught Cheating” because it has an amazing flow and shares an interesting perspective on relationships.
‘Working On My Karma’ is different in a good way and has a down to Earth natural feel to it. Not only was it a good listening experience but I highly recommend it as a newfound experience for your listening pleasure.