Today marks the release of the outstanding debut album by Toronto-based DJ and producer - Devv - titled Hypercolour.
Devv cut his teeth as a DJ and producer on the Toronto scene - and with performances abroad as well as releases on Blind Vision, Kina Music, Monocord and House on Wax - he is developing a sterling reputation as an artist on an international level.
The album begins with the dream-like Afterglow - melding warming synth tones, a bouncing kick progression and a deep gliding bassline. What follows is an interdisciplinary exploration of the various moods and sub-genres of minimal house.
With the sonic glitches and breakbeats of Under Control, the dubby and stripped back style of Hypercolour, and the late night, deep grooves of Wasting Time - Devv’s debut album is a showcase of his protean versatility as a producer.
“Make music for yourself. If you’re lucky and people end up enjoying what you do, that’s just a bonus.” - Devv (read more from his recent SOLVDMAG interview here).
What I like most about this album, is how it transcends the traditional notions of club-oriented minimal. The instances of melody, ambience and atmosphere mean this release has as much impact for the home listener as it does on a dance-floor (making it perfect for times like these).
From the expansive and mind-bending breaks of Alternate Reality, to the etherial and downtempo Flow - Devv takes listeners on a journey of differing moods, motifs and compositional themes. Within this there is a cohesive warmth underlying the entire album and reinforcing Devv's signature approach to composition.
Definitely one to check out.
Listen to Hypercolour now at: https://devvmusic.bandcamp.com/