The Hempolics are out to put those organic rootsy vibes back into music; with their fat radio-friendly hooks,
bumping soundsystem bass and a wanderlusty, ineffably real sound all of their own.
They are the brainchild of veteran sound engineer and record producer Grippa Laybourne. Core vocalists, the empyreal Nubiya and devilishly
dashing Dan Collier, 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
The Hempolics 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 releases have maintained success with a sync to the worldwide trailer for
the Coen Brothers and George Clooney film ‘Hail, Caesar!’. Boss Clock Me Style, Black Flower and Me Love To Sing have all been playlisted
by BBC6 Music with support from Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Rodigan & Don Letts to name a few. Combined with tight as a tick live
performances – honed at their own underground club night in London – they are becoming the worst kept secret on the UK circuit today.
“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 the 21st century city scape people” – DJ Vadim
“The best thing I’ve heard in ages” La Roux