“And through the haze there shone a white light, and from that light played sweet sweet music…and to that music…We got high. Much love to the Hemps” –Paolo Nutini
‘The Hempolics are the best band in the UK–but nobody knows it yet…’ – Maxi Jazz (Faithless)
‘Real vintage lofi reggae inspired soul music for the 21st century city scape people’ – DJ Vadim
‘Great summer vibes. Puts a smile on my face. And amazing live too!’ – Eliza Doolittle
‘The best thing I’ve heard in ages. Best new reggae band on the planet’ – Chris Hawkins, BBC6
London’s The Hempolics are out to put those organic rootsy vibes back into music; with their fat radio-friendly reggae hooks, bumping soundsystem bass and a wanderlusty, nostalgic yet entirely of-the-moment sound all of their own.
Over years of recording top international talent The Hempolics enigmatic leader, Grippa Laybourne, has been carefully honing his own masterpiece and selecting a gang armed and dangerous enough to execute it. Their debut single Serious on the Reggae Roast label caused an instant stir, hitting number one in the 2010 UK reggae charts and was playlisted on Massive Attack’s BBC takeover. Their latest releases have maintained success with a sync to the worldwide trailer for new Coen Brothers and George Clooney film ‘Hail, Caesar!’ and latest single Me Love To Sing has been playlisted by BBC6 Music with support from Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Rodigan & Don Letts.
With their amazingly eclectic forthcoming album sounding swelled by guest appearances from various international talents such as Maxi Jazz and Paolo Nutini – to name a few – The Hempolics have been brewing up a musical storm. The album entitled ‘Kiss, Cuddle & Torture Vol. 1’ has been recorded in back to basics fashion throughout the bedrooms and home studios of the band producing an infectious mash-up of Reggae, Electro, Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Rock and Pop. Although the weather out might be dull London-side it’s strictly sunshine vibes, resplendent with huge hooks and festival-friendly choruses.
Take your eye off The Hempolics at your peril. Ital business!