Previously spotted on Ray’s “Deeper Love” EP, rising songsmith Deploy stamps down on Dread for the label’s first release of 2018… And he’s doing it some serious vocal gusto. A Dread head-turner, this blasts a lot of expectations of the label as it shows a completely different direction with authentic, heartfelt almost Ian Brown-like vocals over some crisp, precision produced beats. From the orchestral stabs and vocal cuts of “Liquid Shadows” to the hurricane jazz of “Painting Lies” via

the title track (with Mr Keith himself) this is really interesting and forward-thinking reminder of how vocals should be tailored for longevity, not the hit parade.