Saturday 29th April
Chapter Four presents The Hempolics
£8 /£10 [+ 10% booking fee]
Doors open 8pm
The Hempolics are one of the most exciting bands to emerge from the blossoming UK reggae scene, They are out to put an organic rootsy vibes back into music; with their fat radio-friendly hooks and bumping sound-system bass. Producing a contemporary twist on classic rhythms The Hempolics take the best of reggae and rock-steady sounds and update them for the modern dancefloor by incorporating elements of hip hop, soul and electronica.
The band caused an instant stir with their single Serious, on the Reggae Roast label, which hit number one in the 2010 UK reggae charts and was playlisted on Massive Attack’s BBC takeover. Their latest single Me Love To Sing has been playlisted by BBC6 Music with support from Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Rodigan & Don Letts as well as being given the remix treatment by Mungo’s Hi-Fi and DJ Vadim. Combined with tight as a tick live performances – honed at their own underground club night in London and from supporting bands such as The Wailers and Faithless – they are becoming the worst kept secret on the UK circuit today.
With their amazingly eclectic forthcoming album featuring guest appearances from various international talents such as Maxi Jazz and Paulo Nutini – The Hempolics have a storm brewing that promises to tear up the UK music scene with it’s 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.
The brainchild of veteran sound engineer and record producer Grippa Laybourne the band features female and male vocalists, Nubiya and Dan Collier (Dandelion) who combine together impeccably. 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.
Take your eye off the Hempolics at your peril.
Chapter 4 selectors Daddytone, Dillinger P, Slackears, J Black and Nicky General will be warming the vibes before and after the band with strictly vinyl selections on the night.
‘The Hempolics are the best band in the UK – but nobody knows it yet…’ – Maxi Jazz (Faithless)
‘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 best thing I’ve heard in ages‘ – La Roux
‘Real vintage lo fi reggae inspired soul music for the 21st century city scape people’ – DJ Vadim