The Hempolics are out to put those organic rootsy vibes back into electronic music and bring something altogether different to the table, Green Line is just the beginning…
Some of you will recognize Green Line as a song originally voiced by the late, great Garnett Silk over Jackie Mittoo’s Hot Milk riddim. Here Grippa Laybourne has kept the classic rhythm to the fore, with echo and rewinds all punctuating the vocal delivered by members Nubiya (also of Leeds-London Afrobeat/hip-hop pioneers Nubiyan Twist) and Dandelion (frontman of mercurial UK-reggae outfit
The Drop), complete with a toasting interlude. The sensibility, right from its opening Barrington Levy-esque ‘bongo-didddly-ooooooaahh’, is early digital dancehall, but as you’d expect from Grippa, well-known for his work with Cheeky Records, it also has an effortless commercial sheen.
Overly capable B-side News Readers is no sideshow. Kicking straight in with “News flash, there ain’t no cash, s’all gone on the wall”, it is a poignant statement of disaffection with the negative buzz created by modern media or the “blues feeders” as it’s better put by the song. Featuring the smooth and ear-pleasing soul Sony signed and extended Hempolics crew LSK (AKA Leigh Steven Kenny) who also provides artwork for the upcoming album. Produced with Grippa’s own unique rhythm, this is an unashamedly a bouncy, upbeat number whose positive step belies the scathing political commentary within. Another summer banger.