Hailing from the foothills of Kingston, Jamaica, DejaVilla is the artistic vision of musicians David Marston and Sarah Couch. After traveling the world and living abroad for years, the two officially joined creative forces in 2017 after a mutual friend reintroduced them.
At the core of the DejaVilla sound is the duo’s homegrown identity: Jamaica is at the heart, body, and soul of everything they touch. As producer and songwriter, Marston, who is today based in Brooklyn, crafts ethereal dance riddims, while Kingston-based singer-songwriter Couch adds pure Jamaican flavor via her patois-tinged vocals and sensual lyrics.
DejaVilla first made impact in October 2018 with their debut single, “Suit a Rebel” (Ultra Music). A sultry yet gritty love song, “Suit a Rebel” pairs a velvety downtempo electronic beat with shades of R&B and rolling hip-hop drums as Couch delivers seductive, haze-filled vocals and smoked-out lyrics. The track—which originally began as a collaborative production between Marston and his high school friend from Jamaica, Adam Francis, aka Frano—features vocals from Los Angeles-based Jamaican artist Kat C.H.R and dub reggae pioneer and Jamaican icon Lee “Scratch” Perry. In December 2018, DejaVilla followed up with “Feel Me Running Away” (Ultra Music), featuring Kat C.H.R and co-written by producer Dan Izco, which blends smooth and sexy R&B melodies with chilled-out house undertones.
DejaVilla launches into 2019 with their new single “Ochi to Mobay” (Ultra Music), their first original song of the year. A playful and flirty romp through dub, reggae, and R&B, “Ochi to Mobay” is an ode to sexual independence and fierce self-confidence. The track also serves as a nod to the group’s homeland: Ocho Rios (“Ochi”) and Montego Bay (“Mobay”) are two of Jamaica’s most cherished, pristine locales and key travel destinations. The track will be featured on a forthcoming EP, scheduled for release in spring 2019 on Ultra Music, which will traverse exotic Afrobeats, escapist vibes and retro-futuristic themes. facebook.com/dejavillaja