The Hempire Strikes Back!
People get ready for some real organic, rootsy, lo-fi reggae vibes when The Hempolics take to the main stage at Wilkswood Reggae 2018. With their fat radio-friendly hooks, bumping soundsystem bass and a wanderlusty, ineffably real sound, The Hempolics are quite rightly being touted as the next big thing in the UK music scene. Recording underground style throughout the bedrooms and home studios of the band The Hempolics have created an infectious mash-up of Reggae, Electro, Hip-Hop, Soul, Rock and Pop.
The band caused an instant stir with their single ‘Serious’ which hit number one in the UK reggae charts and was playlisted on Massive Attack’s BBC takeover. Debut album ‘Kiss, Cuddle & Torture Vol. 1’ has seen three singles playlisted by BBC6 Music with support from Steve Lamacq, Toddla T, Rodigan & Don Letts to name a few. Liz Kershaw selected the album on her ‘All Killer, No Filler’ best albums of the past 30 years and invited the band to play her BBC anniversary show after hearing them smash a live session for Lauren Laverne on BBC6. It’s not just on radio that the band have been breaking with album track ‘Samurai’ synced to the worldwide trailer for Coen Brothers and George Clooney film ‘Hail, Caesar!’
The Hempolics accomplished recordings are complemented by tight-as-a-tick live performances, honed at their own underground club night in London. The band are the brainchild of veteran sound engineer and record producer Grippa Laybourne. Core vocalists, the empyreal Nubiya and devilishly dashing Dandelion, combine together impeccably, with Dan’s brother Harry sometimes stepping in with his own smooth tones. The rest of the band comprises of deft bassist Lorenzo, Leon King – who ranks up there with the finest Reggae/Dub guitarists around – and the exceptional Craig Boorman on drums.
Whatever the weather, expect strictly sunshine vibes, resplendent with huge hooks and festival friendly choruses. These are tunes that people will be bopping to across festivals, clubs and car journeys for years to come.
“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 lo fi reggae inspired soul music for 21st century cityscape people” DJ Vadim
“Hempolics – great summer vibes. Puts a smile on my face. And amazing live too!” Eliza Doolittle
“The best thing I’ve heard in ages” La Roux