My Record Collection - October 9, 2017

My Record Collection by The Hempolic's Grippa Laybourne
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My Record Collection by The Hempolic's Grippa Laybourne

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of South London roots collective The Hempolics and their mainman Grippa Laybourne. Let's get going...

 

Check out a selection of Grippa's picks in this playlist...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"Musical Youth's 'Pass The Dutchie' and Bad Manners' ‘Special Brew’ was the first time I spent my own money on vinyl. That was in 1980 when I was a kid. Then funnily enough 12 years later in 1992 my first ever studio session I had ever been on, was with Buster and Bad Manners."

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"It was Massive Attack's Blue Lines and Soul 2 Soul's Club Classic Vol 1. They came out in the rave days but were really influenced by the sound systems and interesting Black British music. It really struck me how different they were to anything at the time with the reggae influence. Which really inspired me in the future when I was setting up The Hempolics sound."

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"Fu Man Chu by Desmond Decker. This is so special to me on so many levels. The falsetto he does - I just love it! With the Ace's Harmonies in the background.... this is a true classic to me. Released in 1968 and is about rich people boasting of their high paid jobs and big salaries. We even do our own version live with the band which goes down a treat."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

The Drifters' 'Under The Boardwalk' or 'Stand By Me" by Ben E. King. Both just really remind me of being young and carefree in the summertime. Doing what you want all day with your mates, lazing around or chasing girls. Good times."

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"Some sort of Funk record. Maybe 'Hercules' by Aaron Neville or 'Get Out My Life Woman' by Lee Dorsey. To me, Funk music is the best to lift you up. When I put funk on, I feel like I can take on the world. It's very independent music."

 


The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"Difficult question. There are probably 1000's of which I haven't ever heard. I’d go for Hugh Mundell - Blackman's Foundation. Came out in 1983 on Shanachie Records. Mixed at Harry J's and my fave King Tubby’s studios. Produced by the young man himself, Hugh Mundell. Co-produced, as you can hear on the record, by Augustus Pablo."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Maybe Jefferson Airplane Volunteers LP. I love the inside sleeve with the peanut butter sandwich on one side of the inner sleeve and jam sandwiches on the other and the tripped out faces on the front cover in front of the American flag. It seems to me to be a massive piss take out of America but in a clever, psychedelic way. My style."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"The Jimi Hendrix Experience - 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be). Don't really know why I like this title. Since I was a kid it was a song that I just really liked for some strange reason."

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"Oasis's 'Wonderwall'. I've never understood the appeal of this record. Sorry but it's in the trash bin for me."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Ghana Soundz - Afro beats, funk and fusion in 70's Ghana. Great double album reissue of old Ghana artists music like Ebo Taylor. Actually was a present. Linton Kwesi Johnson - Bass Culture. I just bought on eBay."


The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2017 is…

"The T Rex exclusive 7" vinyl 40th anniversary disc collection. Or the reissue of Professor Longhair’s ‘Crawfish Fiesta’. On vinyl of course."


The greatest record of all time is…

"That's a difficult one. If I had to choose then maybe The Misseduction of Lauryn Hill. When it dropped in 1998 it was like nothing before. The insight to her life. The sound of the record. How it was mainly recorded in Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston and produced by Lauryn Hill, Che Guevara & Vada Nobles. A perfect album from start to end." 

 

The Hempolics' new album Kiss, Cuddle & Torture - Volume 1 is out now and available here in hmv's online store. 

Kiss, Cuddle & Torture - Volume 1
Kiss, Cuddle & Torture - Volume 1 The Hempolics

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