DVSN at the Warfield in San Francisco

DVSN Brings Modern R&B to the Warfield (Review)

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Toronto hip-hop and R&B duo, DVSN (pronounced “division” for those not familiar with the band), played the Warfield in San Francisco last night to a house packed full of fans that had braved the rain on a school night for the chance to lay their ears on the golden pipes of singer Daniel Daley. After a brief set by DJ Red Corvette who opened the show, the man of the hour slowly began to emerge from the back of the stage like some kind of mythical figure, through a dense sea of white fog and started to slowly serenade his audience one dripping melody at a time.

If you’ve heard of DVSN, you soon will. In fact, I’m so confident about it that I’m calling this one an act to watch in 2018. So far the duo has accumulated over 150 million streams in the U.S. since debuting back in Nov. of 2015. They signed early on with Drake‘s label and toured extensively together. Completing the duo is Paul Jefferies (Nineteen85), the man behind the sultry beats and dreary melodies that’s responsible for laying the foundation for the music.

During last night’s epic sold-out performance, Daley was the sole performer and had all concert attendees either expressively swooning or gently bopping their heads to the rhythms of the group that isn’t afraid to channel some of that old school 90s R&B in their delivery. And who can blame them, everyone in attendance couldn’t get enough of the act that played one hit single after another, each more hypnotic and entrancing than the next. “Hallucinations,” “Body Smile,” and “Nuh Time/Tek Time” were amongst the crowd favorites from a setlist that had the DVSN playing for a little over 1 1/2 hours.

Check out our photo gallery of some the best shots from the evening found below.
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An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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