The Hempolics return with their sophomore album ‘Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 2’, due for release on 3rd April 2020 through their own record label Zee Zee Records via Kartel Music Group.
The new album follows up on a string of new singles, including upbeat soul and reggae mash ‘Play On’, the trip-hop meets dub-influenced single, ‘Full of Surprises’ and the British reggae-funk stomper ‘Bongadashi'.
The Hempolics’ blend of Reggae, Hip-Hop, Dancehall and Pop has already been heavily supported across UK national radio by BBC Radio1, BBC 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2 andBBC 6Music, where the band’s debut album,‘Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 1’ had three playlisted singles. They went on to have 6Music ‘Album of The Day’ and were subsequently chosen by Liz Kershaw's pick for 'Album Of The Year', after an impressive live session for Lauren Laverne.
The 12 carefully chosen selection on ‘Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 2’, is the result of a different approach to music writing for the band; “we wanted to make something fresh and with an instant upbeat feel”,recalls the band’s mainman and producer Grippa Laybourne - who has previously worked in the studio with a variety of international top acts like Mattafix and Faithless - “I wanted the band to be more involved with the writing process, for example ‘Play On’ it’s the only track they found, wrote and recorded their own parts before I arranged it and finished it off adding horns and keys overdubbed”.
‘Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 2 ’is a masterful culmination of The Hempolics musical development, drawing together the strength of their unique influences in what is one of the most captivating releases of the year.