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Album: Kiss, Cuddle & Torture Vol. 1
Label: Shark Free Records
Vertrieb: Indigo
VÖ: 6. Oktober 2017

The Hempolics are the best band in the UK – but nobody knows it yet...” - Maxi Jazz (Faithless)

The Hempolics aus London werden in ihrem Heimatland bereits als die neue Reggae, Hip-Hop, Dancehall – Sensation gefeiert. Ihr Debüt-Album ‘Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 1’ erscheint am 6. Oktober. Ein Highlight des Albums ist die Single “Boss Clock Me Style” und die Gastbeiträge von Maxi Jazz von Faithless (auf “In My Brain”) als auch Paolo Nutini (auf “Armed & Dangerous” und “Road Side”).

After years of working with internationally renowend artists, Grippa Laybourne decided he wanted to make his own tunes. “I love those NYC gangs from the 50’s, The Wanderers, The Warriors. I needed my own gang to make my rebel music.” The group then built a secret location studio from quality equipment, old and new, that was begged, borrowed and stolen in order to allow them to write and record Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 1, which is set for release on 6th October 2017 via Shark Free Records.

As well as being a description of life the album title also sums up the songwriting process. “Some songs are explosive like a kiss and work instantly, some need a cuddle and some take a long, long time to get right - they’re the torture.”

After a process of blood, sweat, tears and maximum hustle, The Hempolics give the attention-deficit generation something to digest. Casting their net wide the band bring in American MC’s and established talent in the shape of Maxi Jazz & Paolo Nutini to complement the three mainstay vocalists - Nubiya Brandon, Dandelion & Harry Collier.

The Hempolics’ blend of Reggae, Hip-Hop, Dancehall and Pop has already been attracting buzz around new single “Boss Clock Me Style”. The follow up to the bands #1 Reggae chart track “Serious", which featured on Massive Attack’s BBC Takeover, the new single has made waves at radio. Having received support from BBC Radio1, BBC 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2 and several BBC 6 Music DJs, the single was one of three album tracks added to the BBC 6 Music playlist and the band were swiftly invited in to play a live session for Lauren Laverne.

The Hempolics are Grippa Laybourne (Dub FX, Keys), Nubiya Brandon (Vocals), Dandelion (Vocals), Harry Collier (Vocals, Guitar), Leon King (Guitar), Lorenzo (Bass) and Craig Boorman (Drums).

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