1. Deploy & Ray Keith – Fallen [6:23]
2. Deploy & Ray Keith – Smoke Screen [6:41]
3. Deploy – Liquid Shadows [5:13]
4. Deploy – Out Laws [4:52]
5. Deploy – Painting Lies [5:33]
6. Deploy – Killa [5:38]
And forthcoming next on Dread Recordings is Deploy’s ‘Fallen EP’. Featuring the label head honcho himself, it demonstrates just how imperative the imprint has been for the junglist movement. From title-track ‘Fallen’, with its wispy male-vocals and rolling synth layered drum beats, its breaks fall in a momentum which is both strange and yet reminiscent of the older sound which made drum & bass what it is today. ‘Smoke Screen’ follows the same pattern, pushing forward with every segment and once again exploding segment by segment with heavy hitting kicks. Both collaborations lend themselves to the label’s figurehead, whilst providing a platform for Deploy’s talent.
‘Liquid Shadows’ comes from a totally different angle, flipping the switch and taking you down a path of twitching percussion and pulses of hard hitting bass. ‘Out Laws’ features spikes of synth and steppy swatches of melody, which move you through the track’s mix.
‘Painting Lies’ is just as emotive, pushing a dancefloor lead hook and a bassline which rushes through the track’s heart. Then comes ‘Killa’, with its ragga sample snippets and rumbling snares. The track steadily jumps into play, before you’re drawn into its club lead breakdown which still appeals to the label’s audience through its crumbling breaks. With another release, you’re left to bask in Ray Keith’s expert eye for A&R; for over two decades, he’s been at the forefront of the junglist scene, bringing many producers through with him. Deploy is the epitomic example and his ‘Fallen EP’ is no different.
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