Album artwork for Kiss, Cuddle and Torture Vol 2 by The Hempolics

The Hempolics return with Kiss, Cuddle and Torture: Volume 2, the follow-up to their triumphant 2017 album which won them accolades including a BBC 6 Music ‘Album Of The Year’ selection. The new release builds on their trademark mash-up sound of reggae, dub, soul and pop but explores new territories with elements of hip-hop, shoegaze and trip-hop welcome additions to the mix.

As with Volume 1, the release is underpinned by the masterful production of main man Grippa – an engineer who cut his teeth working with Faithless – and he’s once again joined by unmistakable Hempolics vocalists Dandelion and Nubiya, who continues to turn heads with her Amy Winehouse meets Hollie Cook timbre.

Highlights of the album include the upbeat soul and reggae hit Play On, the trip-hop meets dub-influenced single, Full of Surprises, and the British reggae-funk stomper Bongadashi. Gotta Thing sees the band deliver a fast hip-hop house track laced with classic Hempolics’ reggae flavours, vocals courtesy of Miami rapper Cojack, whilst Place Is Here, written by Grippa alongside Faithless vocalist Pauline Taylor, is a 90’s shoegaze influenced cut with a languid psych groove.


The Hempolics

Kiss, Cuddle and Torture Vol 2

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The Hempolics

Kiss, Cuddle and Torture Vol 2

Zee Zee Records
Album artwork for Kiss, Cuddle and Torture Vol 2 by The Hempolics
CD

£14.99

Released 03/07/2020Catalogue Number

ZZR002CD

Album artwork for Kiss, Cuddle and Torture Vol 2 by The Hempolics
LPx2

£19.99

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Released 03/07/2020Catalogue Number

ZZR002LP

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£19.99

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Released 03/07/2020Catalogue Number

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The Hempolics return with Kiss, Cuddle and Torture: Volume 2, the follow-up to their triumphant 2017 album which won them accolades including a BBC 6 Music ‘Album Of The Year’ selection. The new release builds on their trademark mash-up sound of reggae, dub, soul and pop but explores new territories with elements of hip-hop, shoegaze and trip-hop welcome additions to the mix.

As with Volume 1, the release is underpinned by the masterful production of main man Grippa – an engineer who cut his teeth working with Faithless – and he’s once again joined by unmistakable Hempolics vocalists Dandelion and Nubiya, who continues to turn heads with her Amy Winehouse meets Hollie Cook timbre.

Highlights of the album include the upbeat soul and reggae hit Play On, the trip-hop meets dub-influenced single, Full of Surprises, and the British reggae-funk stomper Bongadashi. Gotta Thing sees the band deliver a fast hip-hop house track laced with classic Hempolics’ reggae flavours, vocals courtesy of Miami rapper Cojack, whilst Place Is Here, written by Grippa alongside Faithless vocalist Pauline Taylor, is a 90’s shoegaze influenced cut with a languid psych groove.