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Portraying dark themes and damaged characters through an empathetic filter of bittersweet optimism, 'This Road' is a work of contrasts, which musically matches the mixed emotions felt in life. Bass pressure, contemporary club beats, nourishing roots music, sumptuous instrumentation and accessible, pop-schooled melodicism are woven together by her soothing but heavy-hearted voice, which is perfectly matured and full of depth.

Saturated in vibes and an ingrained cognitive understanding of recording, 'This Road' is in part the product of childhood/teenage osmosis spent imbibing the sounds at her father Adrian Sherwood's On-U Studios. The impressionable youth gained an unparalleled education in music and also human nature, living in a house/studio where Lee Perry, Neneh Cherry, Jah Wobble, Big Youth, Little Annie, Style Scott, Tackhead, Bim Sherman and countless more made tracks.

Like an epic coming-of-age movie focussing on Denise's part in the ongoing On-U chronicles - charting her changing roles as daughter, musician, mother, lover and more - it's little wonder 'This Road' is both contemporary and timeless, spanning time like a family tree.

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Toeing the line between groove-led hip-hop, 90's downbeat and reggae, this collection from Denise Sherwood has every bit of the groove of the On-U archive, but with a fresh and invigorating ambience.

TRACK LISTING

1. Music Shall Live Feat. Lee "Scratch" Perry
2. Let Me In
3. Amnesia Moon
4. Sweet Mary Jane
5. Ghost Heart
6. Fairy Tales
7. Uncertain Times
8. Sunny Days
9. Won't Bow Down
10. Toughen Up
11. Sweet Love

Prince Fatty

In The Viper's Shadow

    After dropping ‘The Clone Theory’ in 2015 production connoisseur Prince Fatty has been paving the way for something very special ever since. 2019 sees him release his second solo album ‘In the Viper’s Shadow’. Featuring a whole host of reggae and dub royalty, this project boasts a who’s who of global talent including the likes of Cornell Campbell, Tippa Irie, Big Youth, George Dekker, Shniece McMenamin, Earl 16, Winston Francis, Marcia Griffith and Horseman.

    Renowned for flexing his studio muscle with some of the freshest and versatile dub sounds around, Prince Fatty’s blending old-school reggae with his own eccentric, futuristic twist, have turned industry heads for decades and ‘In the Viper’s Shadow’ is no exception. This album is 10 tracks of reggae goodness, produced to perfection in a melting pot of influences that span from multiple eras and stretch to just about every corner of the planet. Prince Fatty has worked with everyone from Lily Allen, Hollie Cook, Graham Coxon (Blur), Mungo’s HiFi, The Last Poets, The Skints, Gregory Isaacs to name a few.

    After moving from Brighton to live in Sao Paulo, Los Angeles and Thailand, he’s taken inspirational sounds from across the globe and has built up a reputation of being one of the go-to producers of recent times. With a knack for selecting the perfect collaborators, whether it’s an up and coming artist or a genre-defining hero, his ability to showcase foundation laying percussion skills, mesmerising vocalists, bass-heavy triumphs and everything in between has resulted in some of the most expressive sounds around, and ‘In The Viper’s Shadow’ is the perfect example of his commitment to the cause.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Modern reggae flagbearers Prince Fatty rarely write a bad riddim. And flanked by a who's who of voices from the scene, this is an essential set for lovers of global reggae.

    TRACK LISTING

    Two Timer Feat. Cornel Campbell & Tippa Irie
    Get Ready Feat. Big Youth
    & George Dekker
    Deep Sleep Feat. Shniece McMenamin
    Cassandra Feat. Earl 16
    Everything Crash Feat. Big Youth & George Dekker
    The Break Feat. Winston Francis
    Steppin’ Out Of Babylon Feat. Big Youth & Marcia Griffith
    Queen Of The Minstrel Feat. Cornel Campbell
    Tonight Feat. Big Youth & Earl 16
    Trouble Feat. Shniece McMenamin & Horseman


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