Canadian progressive house maestro Dezza has just released his long-awaited Nova Scotia-inspired second studio album entitled ’44° North, 63° West’
Inspired by the small coastal province of Nova Scotia that he calls home, 44° North, 63° West sees Progressive House leader Dezza aka Derek Silvester at his musical best. Featuring singles “Getaway” and “Carry Me,” his sophomore effort is a marvelous collection of productions that cements Dezza’s name as one of Progressive House’s most important creators. As a fitting celebration, the gifted producer live streamed the album during a sunset set on top of one of the province’s most beautiful locations, the Cape Forchu Lighthouse.
Dezza builds on the success of his already wildly successful debut album Cosmos, released in 2019 which featured standout tracks, “Honey” and “Expanse,” and saw him tour the world from Australia to U.S. In sharp contrast, 2020 was spent largely in isolation by Dezza, who turned to the beauty and nature of his surroundings in the Nova Scotia wilderness for inspiration and comfort.
The result was nineteen tracks that look outward, with Dezza finding joy in his unique environment; this is reflected in the album’s tracks that are tied together by a common theme of optimism and bliss through upbeat chord progressions, driving percussion and airy, floating synths. We really can’t get enough of this one!
Dezza recruits a host of impressive collaborators to breathe further life into his productions, including vocalists from around the world like Lauren L’aimant, EMME, Dan Soleil, HEBE, Lewyn, Møøne and Mike Schmid.