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Wrongtom - Possessed EP (12", Tru Thoughts, 2015)

London-based reggae/dub producer Wrongtom released in 2012 with dancehall MC Deemas J and addictive set of retro grooves with their 'In East London' album full of classic British rub-a-dub over early 80s UK dancehall dubs. This new EP gathers a set of versions recorded on the 'Suzy Hangs Out' riddim from that 2012 album. Veteran MC Tippa Irie's take is very cool, but it's the brilliant 'Possession' version with female reggae singer JC Lodge which stands out of the lot, even though the other cuts will all be delightful to dub-infused music addicts.

Wrongtom - Possessed EP
Wrongtom - Possessed EP
(12"/Digital) (Tru Thoughts TRU311, 2015-08-21

Tracklisting :
01. Afraid A' You feat. Tippa Irie 03:25
02. Possession feat. JC Lodge 03:43
03. Jugglin' feat. Ragga Twins (edit) 02:52
04. Love Endure feat. Desta Zion 04:09
05. In South London feat. Deemas J 02:11
06. Repossession feat. The Correctional Horns 02:47
07. Dub Session feat. The Rockers 03:35
08. Stoneleigh Mountain Rockers - Possessed Rhythm 03:23

Links :
Wrongtom : bandcamp | discogs | facebook | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter
Tru Thoughts : official | bandcamp | facebook | juno | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Press Release :
Just in time for Summer, Wrongtom emerges with a new vinyl EP on Tru Thoughts to take over the airwaves and sound systems across the festival season and beyond. Out 21st August on 12” vinyl in a full colour sleeve with an eerie, Ouija board-inspired theme, the “Possessed EP” continues in the spirit of his series of 'Wrongtom Meets' projects, boasting collaborations with Tippa Irie, JC Lodge, The Ragga Twins, Desta Zion, The Correctional Horns and Deemas J as well as a bonus cut from his long-standing live reggae/dub collective the Stoneleigh Mountain Rockers.

Wrongtom signed to Tru Thoughts in 2013, releasing the 'In East London' album under the Wrongtom Meets Deemas J collaborative name, which brought praise from all corners for its uplifting and celebratory yet down and dirty, vintage dub-infused sound. The tastemakers who lined up to heap praise on the album ranged from The Quietus, The Wire and FACT to Record Collector, MOJO, Q, Clash and beyond, adding to heavy radio support including Steve Lamacq, Huey Morgan, Cerys Matthews, The Selector and John Kennedy (who included a live session track on his XFM Record Store Day vinyl release alongside the likes of Drenge, Toy, Savages and more).

In his unique crossover career, multitalented Londoner Wrongtom had already become renowned as a purveyor of the underground to the masses through a stint as tour DJ and co-producer for Hard-Fi, and the hit Wrongtom Meets Roots Manuva reworks album ‘Duppy Writer’ (Big Dada) which had brought him further profile and props as a remixer and collaborator extraordinaire. Since 'In East London', Wrongtom has developed an in-demand live set with The Ragga Twins (with a Wrongtom Meets The Ragga Twins album currently in production), as well as turning out an official remix for Django Django, among other exploits.

The “Possessed EP” uses the killer rhythm from 'In East London' track “Suzy Hangs Out”; this inspired move sprang from a chat about beats with Mark Professor, who happened to pass the rhythm on to reggae singer JC Lodge 's husband Errol, who passed it on to JC. Oblivious to all this, Wrongtom was then contacted out of the blue a while later with the beautiful “Possession”, showcasing the talent of the revered singer who was signed to Tommy Boy records back in the day and collaborated with Shabba Ranks and many others.

“So, with that brilliant track suddenly in my hand, I thought maybe I should get a few different people on this rhythm and do what the classic reggae producers did”, says Wrongtom: “release a set of versions”.

Next came The Ragga Twins, regular Wrongtom collaborators and raucous dancehall legends who have reversioned their Shut Up And Dance classic “Jugglin'” here.  Tippa Irie then suggested a collaboration with Wrongtom after a soundclash in which Tippa had, in Wrongtom's own words, “wiped the floor with me”. Proving that every cloud has a silver lining, an amicable post-floor-wiping chat with the reggae star resulted in the incredible and atmospheric “Afraid A' You”, which Tippa recorded in a moment of inspiration and sent back, much to Tom's delight, in double quick time.

“Love Endure feat. Desta Zion” sees Zion, lead singer of The Mighty Leap, spinning the rhythm in yet another unrecognisable direction with a sun-soaked and energising lovers' rock song steeped in sunshine and infused with conscious lyricism. “In South London feat. Deemas J” reprises the theme of their album with a South-East slant, the genre-crossing MC and hype man lighting up the speakers with the legendary articulacy and charisma that have seen him collaborate with acts across the worlds of d ‘n’ b, old school, garage, reggae and hip hop, including High Contrast, Andy C, Nicky Black Market, Ras Kwame, Pied Piper, EZ and Kenny Ken to name a few.



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