‘UNFOLDING’ The Debut Album by DANNY LADWA…
…now available to purchase on Bandcamp.
May 25th 2015 saw the release of ‘UNFOLDING’, the debut album from uniquely talented vocalist, songwriter and beatboxer Danny Ladwa. Strikingly catchy melodies and haunting hooks will keep you transfixed in these compositions where Reggae, Hip-Hop, Drum and Bass and Jazz have all nestled themselves comfortably.
The album was produced by producer and dub master general GAUDI who has put his signature sheen on each track. From the stirring revolutionary sound of ‘NEVER LET THE SYSTEM GET YOU DOWN’ to the hypnotic, transcendent groove of ‘WHAT I COULD SEE’, the album showcases Ladwa’s lyrical flair and diverse musical influences.
‘UNFOLDING’ is an undeniably positive and conscious record with a message; a feel-good sonic journey through a kaleidoscope of musical genres, each representing a chapter in Ladwa’s compendium of musical experience.
Danny started writing the album in January 2014 at home in London and the first studio sessions followed from February. Writing and recording continued throughout the year during a busy touring schedule with Gaudi and much work was carried out on the road (on flights, hotel rooms, airport terminals) to prepare for the studio sessions.
A one-day recording session was carried out at Steelgrass Recording Studio on the island of Kauai, Hawaii where the bass and guitar lines were recorded for ‘NEVER LET THE SYSTEM GET YOU DOWN’ and ‘BEAUTIFUL THING’ (played by Will Lydgate and Tubby Love). Vocals for ‘REFLECTION OF INNOCENCE’ were also laid down here as well as the Hammond and Ukelele on ‘BEAUTIFUL THING’.
A week long recording session took place at Blue Lotus Temple, Boulder Creek, California, USA. Vocals for the tracks ‘ROOTED’, ‘NEVER LET THE SYSTEM LET YOU DOWN’ and ‘BEAUTIFUL THING’ were recorded here as well as much studio production.
The rest of the album was recorded at Metatron Studio, London, UK.
Will Lydgate (Bass: ‘Never Let The System Get You Down’ & ‘Beautiful Thing’. Ukelele: ‘Beautiful Thing’)
Tubby Love (Guitar: ‘Never Let The System Get You Down’ & ‘Beautiful Thing’)
Lorenzo Maffia (Wurlitzer Piano: ‘In Your Eyes’)
Charlie San (Piano: ‘Trace The Lines’)
Kyahnasun (Backing Vocals: ‘Reflection Of Innocence’)
Ed Kelly (Lead Vocals on ‘What I Could See’)
Moshe ‘Shishko’ Zehavi (Guitar: Come Home’)
Gaudi (Backing Vocals: ‘A Thousand Souls’ & ‘Come Home’. Fender Rhodes: ‘In Your Eyes’. MiniMoog: ‘Reflection Of Innocence’. Hammond: ‘Beautiful Thing’. MS20: ‘Rooted’)
Danny Ladwa (Lead and Backing Vocals on all tracks. Piano: ‘That Sound’)
Sound & Production:
Produced by Gaudi
Additional Sound Design by Tehomas Bow
Album Mastering by David Blackman at Hilton Grove Mastering Studio, London
Artwork & Website:
Album Cover Photo by Dhiren Dasu & Penny Slinger
Album Design by Vee Ladwa
Website by Notions Of Emotion