R&B global duo dvsn links up with Ty Dolla $ign On a New Collaborative LP, “Cheers to the Best Memories” via OVO Sound.
Ty Dolla $ign share their hotly anticipated collaborative LP, Cheers to the Best Memories on OVO Sound. Following hypnotic singles like “Memories” and “I Believed It,” the full record cements their team-up as a textured, visionary, and sometimes dark take on R&B, soul, and a host of other emotional, intimate sounds.
The track finds dvsn—singer Daniel Daley and GRAMMY-winning producer Nineteen85—showcasing their attention to detail, crafting a sex-dripping slow jam that provides a perfect base for Ty’s honeyed vocals. Dizzying vocoders only thicken the arrangement, which flips the sultry swagger of Silk’s 1992 cut “Freak Me.” That track arrived alongside a video. That track arrived alongside a celebratory, low key but flash-filled video given an appropriately vintage treatment. Watch HERE.
Cheers to the Best Memories covers rich, diverse ground sonically and topically. Sure, “Don’t Say a Word” is a sultry, synth-dripped paean to keeping it on the down-low, but “Somebody That You Don’t Know” serves up Spanish guitar and a dembow beat, channelling vacation vibes as our heroes wonder what could have been with a “stranger,” toying with the literal and figurative definitions of the word. And “Fight Club” mixes trap drums and church organ to soundtrack an earnest plea to patch things up—dvsn and Ty aren’t too proud to apologize.
The new LP “Cheers to the Best Memories” also includes the stirring “I Believed It” featuring the late Mac Miller. The track is equally thrilling and heartbreaking, a captivating performance but a reminder of the talent we lost in Miller. The single is indicative of the sort of powerful songs dvsn and Ty are capable of, proving yet again that they’re some of R&B’s most direct writers.
This record marks the start of an exciting era for dvsn, who released their third album, A Muse in Her Feelings, in April 2020. Ty appeared on that set among an all-star cast of collaborators that included Future, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Popcaan, Buju Banton, Summer Walker, and more. The album was loved by fans and critics alike—praised as one of the best of 2020 by Complex, UPROXX, Noisey, and others. In January 2021, dvsn built on that momentum, releasing the expanded version, Amusing Her Feelings, on OVO Sound. That project featured a new single, “He Said” featuring Miguel, and a rousing rendition of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.”
Ty is coming off his critically acclaimed album, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, released in October 2020, the title of which is a nod to his status as one of the industry’s most beloved and prolific collaborators. The album boasts a stunning tracklist, of course, featuring guest appearances from music heavyweights including Post Malone, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Burna Boy, Jhené Aiko, Mustard, FKA Twigs, and Anderson .Paak, just to name a few.
Both dvsn and TyDolla $ign have established themselves as eclectic hitmakers of the highest order, and their recent efforts show how gifted they are at drawing the best work out of their collaborators. The swooning bounce of “Memories” and the darkly emotive power of “I Believed It” helped make Cheers to the Best Memories one of the most highly anticipated projects of the summer. Now that it’s out, the set will surely only lead to more fans discovering the magnetism of the music each artist makes—both separately and together.