The Hempolics combine an organic rootsy sound with radio-friendly hooks, fat sound-system bass and an ineffable wanderlust all of their own…
With years of experience recording top international artists, The Hempolics enigmatic founder, Grippa, has been honing his own project with a select gang of London's top musicians. Vocals come from the empyreal Nubiya (Nubiyan Twist), the ruggedly handsome Dan Collier (The Drop), and are backed by guitarist extraordinaire Leon King (Joss Stone, Natty), deft bassist Lorenzo & exceptional drummer, Craig.
“And through the haze there shone a white light, and from that light played sweet sweet music... Much love to the Hemps” – Paolo Nutini
“The Hempolics are the best band in the UK – but nobody knows it yet...” - Maxi Jazz (Faithless)
Nick Manasseh appeared on the British dub scene at the Notting Hill Carnival in year 1985. it was the first time he played on stage. The sound system which he played was just finished a few days before. The speakers were all hand made and the amps and pre-amp were custom built by the veteran amp builder ‘Jah Tubbys’. Right from the start the sound has specialised in Roots Reggae Music.
In the early 90’s, with the help of Gil Cang, Eddie Rocksteady and Mak Gilchrist, Nick created the Riz Label. The music and productions part is the work of Manasseh and Gil Cang. The first releases were Orville Smith’s Leaving Rome, Bob Skeng’s Education and Earl 16’s Natural Roots, and the label went on to se big success with “the Manasseh meets the Equalizer” record.
Nowaday, the Manasseh Sound System is composed of Nick Manasseh as a selector and music producer and usually with Brother Culture on the mic.
Plus Support from Bristols newest & Hottest band on the scene... HOTSTEPPAS
TRIVIAL PURSUITS - Full Moon
Doors 8.30pm - 2am
£3 Entry all night!