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Friday, Oct 10 2014 | 09:28
Image: 1593159 The Hempolics are out to put those organic rootsy vibes back into electronic music and bring something altogether different to the table…

Grippa, Harry Collier, Nubiya (Nubiyan Twist) and Dandelion (The Drop) formed the band in 2010 and caused an instant stir with their single Serious on the Reggae Roast label, which hit number one in the UK reggae charts. The band now rolls out as an 9-piece at full strength, with ranks often swelled by visits from various international talents such as Maxi Jazz and Paulo Nutini to name a few. Their tight as a tick live performances – honed supporting Faithless’ final ever show in front of 4000 people at Brixton academy as well numerous small but necessarily on point venues – are arguably the best kept secret on the UK circuit today.

There is a full album of material on the way for a spring 2015 release in the shape of ‘Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 1’, all recorded in back to basics fashion throughout the bedrooms and home studios of the band, although the weather out might be dull London-side it’s strictly sunshine vibes, resplendent with huge hooks and festival-friendly choruses.

‘Life Ain’t Easy’ is the first single from the forthcoming LP and sets out a bold statement of solidarity The Hempolics, recognising the struggle and hardship of life whilst sending out love and ultimately a message of hope to the community. On the B-side is the remix from Candian pioneer Dubmatix, bringing a heavyweight slab of soundsystem fodder that’s sure to get dance floors jumping right through ‘til summer time.

Ital business!

Eliza Doolittle: “Hempolics-great summer vibes. Puts a smile on my face. And
amazing live too!”

A Life Ain’t Easy
B Life Ain’t Easy – Dubmatix Breakbeat Mix


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