Danny Ward ... is obviously passionate about his
music: respectful of the past, while more than having a handle on
the present, his debut collection clearly reflecting a multitude
of influences that converge to create a highly listenable opus of
rich textures and assured vocal performances.
Lewis Dene, DMC Update
Album of the Week
Smooth music for cats with an open mind. It's time
to turn on, tune in and dubble drop out.
Dave Jenkins, iDJ Magazine
Brought up on the jazz of Art Blakey and Miles Davis
but spending many nights as a youngster on the dancefloor of the
legendary Hacienda in Manchester or in local reggae dances/blues
and hiphop parties, what you get is a diverse musical blend that
profiles one man's love of great music, past, present and future.
All killer tracks for sure, but there's 15 on this album and not
one filler. Well done Danny. It's been a long time coming but the
wait has definitely been worth it.
Lubi Jovanovic, Straight No Chaser
Dubble D's forte is setting up a nice funky beat
and then building on it. It is apparent he is a drummer but never
descends into muso showing off or, God forbid, drum solos! He explores
a number of styles from Dub to Latin but one of the best tracks
is Pudpots, featuring Nightmares on Wax's DJ EASE, which is very
much in the N.O.W style and all the better for it.
Simon Harper, Clash Magazine
Danny sits in the drummer's usual position at the
back but this time he's pulling the strings as well as tapping the
skins - crafting a series of impeccable rhythms for a series of
vocalists to work their wonders over as well as some nifty instrumental
tracks funkier than the mosquito's proverbial.
] distils the musical essence of his Manchester home
into one eclectic brew. You can sense the strobelights flashing
across the Hacienda dancefloor in the acid bassline of house stormer
'Super Hi', smell the skunk at the reggae soundsystem parties hosted
by Blood and Fire in 'Love Holds' and glimpse heads a-nodding through
the smoke at a Band On The Wall jazz session in 'Big Fish'. You
can even see the showers sweeping down Wilmslow Road as Diane Charlemange
sings about 'Rain' - and what could be more Manc than that? But
as the album title suggests Danny is keen to reach out and join
hands - not just across the Pennines to 20/20 Vision and fellow
Yorkshiremen Nightmares On Wax but also across the ocean to Brazilian
jazz singer Flora Purim and her daughter Diana Booker, who provide
vocals on bossa nova-styled beauty 'Switch'. Like Beyonce's booty
'Reachin' Out' is both tight and phat and it's just as likely to
get yours shaking. Hear the drummer get wicked indeed.
Paul Clarke, DJ Mag
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Ward's debut collection clearly reflects
a multitude of influences that converge to create a highly listenable
oeuvre of rich textures and assured vocal performances that exude
a rare blend of sultriness and innocence.
Lewis Dene, BBCi