Beginning to assert a fastening hold on the British urban scene, emphatic female MC, Deyah is back with her brand-new Care City EP – out via her own High Mileage, Low Life imprint.
Few artists are able to replicate the raw, unashamed candour of Berkshire-based rapper, Deyah. A gripping open book, her confessional lyrics are articulate and unapologetically frank. An opposing blend of rousing narration behind lethargic, lo-fi beats, she excavates her deepest insecurities, probing and scrutinising the essence of her innermost vulnerabilities. Unconstrained by self-interest and armed with purposeful integrity, Deyah is free to pursue her own unique vision.
Following up 2019’s Lover Loner EP, Deyah’s new project, Care City is an extensive blueprint for a tumultuous few months, the darkest period of her life so far. Passionate and wholeheartedly to the point, it embodies a journey to the murky depths and back again, her mental state meticulously documented and relayed with brute and asserting honesty. A conceptual masterpiece, Care City searches for light in the eternal gloom.
A swelling introduction, ‘Terminal 7’, channels hope in dystopia and sets the defiant tone Care City’s contemplative call to arms. Behind swimming atmospherics, ‘Okoposire’ makes peace with isolation, trauma, and heartache. Ethereal strings-led beats on ‘Ciao’ candidly lay out the reality of addiction. Slow reverberations on ‘Mars’ embody the self-destructive passion of lovers and ‘Liquor Lament’ is a total departure from all faith and control. Despite its often-tragic narration, Care City is a courageous step beyond the dark.
Deyah has received praise from notable artists such as Rick Ross, Wiley, JME, Little Simz, Lily Allen, Jessie J, Kojey Radical, Shakka and Bugzy Malone. She’s previously garnered support from the likes of The Guardian, Music Week, The Line Of Best Fit, Fred Perry: Subculture, GUAP Magazine and Guestlist Network.
Released under her previous pseudonym, NoNameDisciple her 2017 project, Therapy Sessions 77 sparked the interest of Linda Serck at BBC Introducing Berkshire as well as DJ Semtex (Capital Xtra) and DJ Target (BBC 1Xtra). Deyah was featured on Etta Bond’s ‘Surface’ Challenge remix with all the proceeds going to the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity. She was also nominated for the 2019 Welsh Music Prize. Deyah has performed at notable festivals such as Reading & Leeds, Boomtown, Outlook and BBC’s Biggest weekend.