‘This Road’ is the debut LP by one-to-watch Denise Sherwood, which features writing, production and instrumental
contributions from Adrian Sherwood, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Mala, Mark Stewart, Skip McDonald and Doug Wimbish.
In addition to this extended family who came together to help her talent flour-ish, the album also features drums by the late Style Scott, who the singer lov-ingly recalls as my “my beautiful uncle.” Portraying dark themes and damaged characters through an empathetic fil-ter of bittersweet optimism, ‘This Road’ is a work of contrasts, which musi-cally matches the mixed emotions felt in life. Bass pressure, contemporary club beats, nourishing roots music, sumptuous instrumentation and accessi-ble, 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 time-less, spanning time like a family tree.
- Music Shall Live Ft Lee “Scratch” Perry
- Let Me In
- Amnesia Moon
- Sweet Mary Jane
- Ghost Heart
- Fairy Tales
- Uncertain Times
- Sunny Days
- Won’t Bow Down
- Toughen Up
- Sweet Love