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Jump + Move + Rock
~ Wrongtom Meets Deemas J
- Label: Tru Thoughts
- Cat Number: TRUDD055
After his hugely acclaimed Roots Manuva re-rub album ‘Duppy Writer’ (Big Dada), Wrongtom has hooked up with stalwart dancehall MC Deemas J for this next album project, which he signed to Tru Thoughts earlier this year. The result is a deep, fresh and bouncing reggae, dancehall and dub fuelled LP, with a vibe rooted in East London and paying homage to the culture and sound that first got them both hooked back in the ‘80s.
A hype-up track with the pure and simple aim of getting the good times rolling, “Jump + Move + Rock” is loaded with bouncing bass and hazy dubs and will be working its magic all over the place, from clubs to carnivals, this summer. Showcasing Deemas J’s innate charisma and skill as an MC, the vocal was freestyled in just one take. Wrongtom says of Deemas J, “D’s main interest is in hyping people up. Of course, he’s also got a lot to say, but basically he’s such a genuine, caring guy that he just really wants to make sure that everyone’s having the best time. He’s the first person to jump off the stage and party with the crowd at the earliest opportunity in a show.”
Not forgetting the down and dirty late night crowds, this single release package includes a killer, edgy dub-influenced jungle mix from up-and-coming producer FBR; and you’ll also find the original a cappella and the instrumental, a straight-up glorious dub reggae cut in its own right.
Wrongtom Meets Deemas J is the next step in the evolution of the genre-crossing but mainly reggae-rooted producer Wrongtom, bringing to fruition his years of collaboration with world-beating MC Deemas J, a long-time friend and creative cohort. Having met in their native London in the mid ‘90s, when Deemas was MC-ing for the underground junglist pirate station Scandal FM, they started going to funk nights together and formed a band, gigging throughout the capital and around the UK. A decade followed in which they drifted apart, each following his own path and honing his craft. For Tom this saw him getting mixed up in the pop world, including touring worldwide with Hard-Fi (which came to its illogical conclusion on stage at Wembley Arena as 10,000 perplexed indie kids listened to a selection of B-More, Shut Up & Dance and Italo House classics) and getting production credits on a UK No. 1 album; paving the way for the success of his reggae/dub collective Stoneleigh Mountain Rockers, with whom he’s worked on projects for Trojan Records, Pama International (featuring 2 Tone luminary Lynval Golding), and the subsequent hit collaboration with UK rap legend Roots Manuva. And Deemas was also travelling the world, building up a formidable reputation as a go-to MC with equally genre-busting credentials; his virtually endless CV boasts collaborations across the worlds of d ‘n’b, old school, garage, reggae and hip hop, including High Contrast, Andy C, Nicky Black Mark, Ras Kwame, Pied Piper, EZ and Kenny Ken to name just a few.
In the late 2000s Wrongtom and Deemas J were reunited, and with the benefit of all the experience they had respectively racked up, their partnership took off once again to a new level. Soon afterwards they started working together again in earnest, focusing on this joint album project, and the spoils of Wrongtom Meets Deemas J are soon to be released.