Wedding (Me Ware Wo) - album

by A.J. Holmes and The Hackney Empire

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    Release 14/01/2013

    Wedding is the electrifying debut release from British-Afro-pop-band A.J. Holmes and The Hackney Empire.

    Fusing afro-pop, soukous and calpyso influences with classic London narratives in the vein of Ian Dury and Squeeze, AJ Holmes and The Hackney Empire have created a feel-good soundtrack for 21st century tropical pearly kngs and queens.

    Special guests on 'Wedding' include London based Nigerian Afro-grime star Afrikan Boy who features on 'Your Latest Status Up Date', Papa Milo - the guitarist from the Palm Wine Legend S.E. Rogie's band: The Morning Stars - who comes onboard the cover of his bands song 'Do Me Justice'; Kastro, the Congolese MC who features on Fraudian Slip and the celebrated Sierra Leonean musician Folo Graff, who joins the group for the Story Of The New Electric Hi-Life.
     
    Influenced by London's rich cultural melting pot 'Wedding' is a union of cultures; where Africa meets London and falls in love! Wedding (pronounced Vedding) is also a district of Berlin where A.J. met Les Beaux Gosses de Berlin who taught him to play Soukous, hot housed him in the Congolese community and fed him with their beautiful musical history (which served as inspiration for most of the songs on the album).

    Wedding embodies the mad professor genius of AJ Holmes, who fuses wildly different genres of music together with such a deft hand that you'd think they had always walked hand in hand. Take, for example, the Pan African guitar styles that are woven together with English lyrical wit and satirical observations that can only come from a man born and bred in deepest Barking & Dagenham. AJ's partners in crime (Abi, Ged, Martyn and Sabine) are the eponymous 'The Hackney Empire'; a multi-cutural tribe of über-talented musicians who bring even more colour to a fluorescently bright palette of sounds.

    Mastered by the same people behind Paul Simon's Graceland, DJ's have been scrambling to offer up remixes of Wedding, check out the ones we have for you here by João Brasil, who took a break from his official remixes of CSS, Bonde do Rolê, and N.A.S.A to take on 'Do me Justice'; Konrad Old Money, fresh from his collaboration with The Creators Project takes on The Story Of The New Electric Hi-Life, and extra-hot London based South African/British producer/DJ Moroka (The Very Best co producer) who takes a spin on 'I'll Never Forget You'

    Stream Wedding remixes:
    soundcloud.com/ajholmesthehackneyempire/sets/wedding-remixed/
     
    Wedding is the debut album for AJ Holmes and the Hackney Empire, but word has already been spreading like wildfire. Having pricked the ears of white-hot electro producer duo Radioclit (M.I.A, The Very Best, Amadou & Mariam) to become their resident house band at their Secousse club, they released their debut single 'Fraudian Slip' in 2011, (also produced by Radioclit) to critical acclaim. Even Billy Bragg wants to join the melee; keep an eye out for his cameo in their new video  A13 Trunk Road To The Sea: 
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdXsm81FkBo&feature=youtu.be

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Release 14/01/2013

Wedding is the electrifying debut release from British-Afro-pop-band A.J. Holmes and The Hackney Empire.

Fusing afro-pop, soukous and calpyso influences with classic London narratives in the vein of Ian Dury and Squeeze, AJ Holmes and The Hackney Empire have created a feel-good soundtrack for 21st century tropical pearly kngs and queens.

Special guests on 'Wedding' include London based Nigerian Afro-grime star Afrikan Boy who features on 'Your Latest Status Up Date', Papa Milo - the guitarist from the Palm Wine Legend S.E. Rogie's band: The Morning Stars - who comes onboard the cover of his bands song 'Do Me Justice'; Kastro, the Congolese MC who features on Fraudian Slip and the celebrated Sierra Leonean musician Folo Graff, who joins the group for the Story Of The New Electric Hi-Life.
 
Influenced by London's rich cultural melting pot 'Wedding' is a union of cultures; where Africa meets London and falls in love! Wedding (pronounced Vedding) is also a district of Berlin where A.J. met Les Beaux Gosses de Berlin who taught him to play Soukous, hot housed him in the Congolese community and fed him with their beautiful musical history (which served as inspiration for most of the songs on the album).

Wedding embodies the mad professor genius of AJ Holmes, who fuses wildly different genres of music together with such a deft hand that you'd think they had always walked hand in hand. Take, for example, the Pan African guitar styles that are woven together with English lyrical wit and satirical observations that can only come from a man born and bred in deepest Barking & Dagenham. AJ's partners in crime (Abi, Ged, Martyn and Sabine) are the eponymous 'The Hackney Empire'; a multi-cutural tribe of über-talented musicians who bring even more colour to a fluorescently bright palette of sounds.

Mastered by the same people behind Paul Simon's Graceland, DJ's have been scrambling to offer up remixes of Wedding, check out the ones we have for you here by João Brasil, who took a break from his official remixes of CSS, Bonde do Rolê, and N.A.S.A to take on 'Do me Justice'; Konrad Old Money, fresh from his collaboration with The Creators Project takes on The Story Of The New Electric Hi-Life, and extra-hot London based South African/British producer/DJ Moroka (The Very Best co producer) who takes a spin on 'I'll Never Forget You'

Stream Wedding remixes:
soundcloud.com/ajholmesthehackneyempire/sets/wedding-remixed/
 
Wedding is the debut album for AJ Holmes and the Hackney Empire, but word has already been spreading like wildfire. Having pricked the ears of white-hot electro producer duo Radioclit (M.I.A, The Very Best, Amadou & Mariam) to become their resident house band at their Secousse club, they released their debut single 'Fraudian Slip' in 2011, (also produced by Radioclit) to critical acclaim. Even Billy Bragg wants to join the melee; keep an eye out for his cameo in their new video  A13 Trunk Road To The Sea: 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdXsm81FkBo&feature=youtu.be

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released November 20, 2015

All song written and performed by A.J. Holmes and The Hackney Empire
*except - Do Me Justice - S.E. Rogie / Trad
and 'A13 Trunk Road To The Sea - Billy Bragg

Produced and mixed by Martyn Potter, A.J. Holmes and Radioclit

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A.J. Holmes and The Hackney Empire London, UK

A.J. Holmes (aka Vanishing Breed) is a Musician, Recordist, Big fan of Pan-African music, Lover of 20th Century Architecture and Founder of The Hackney Empire (band)

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Track Name: I'll Never Forget You
In my life I've drunk a lot

And I've stay up some nights, then I really should have not

Well all these things can take there toll

And leave a man with little recollection, if any at all


So my friends and family please forgive

Me if I seem a little glib

But all these things that I forget

There is one thing that did not happen yet


That I would ever forget you

I will never forget you


I forgot my brother's birthday, that was bad

I forgot my other glove, now I can only use one hand

I forgot which airport I was leaving from and missed my plan

And disappointed my mother; she thought I was coming home again


So my friends and family please forgive

Me if I seem a little glib

But all these things that I forget

There is one thing that did not happen yet


That I would ever forget you

I will never forget you


Well I forget my mobile phone when I was walking out the door

And my key also; they were left upon the floor

And I've gotten everything else I forget, as if that wasn't enough

Sometimes I forget my manners and come across a little rough


So my friends and family please forgive

Me if I seem a little glib

But all these things that I forget

There is one thing that did not happen yet


That I would ever forget you

I will never forget you

X2

Oh muma, Oh muma ma, Oh muma, Oh muma ma, etc...
Track Name: Afrikan Boy and The Hackney Empire - Your Latest Status Update ft: Afrikan Boy
Baby don't you know I can't wait
To hear your latest status up date
You know I'm waiting for the news

Cos each day
Can feel so grey and empty
So drop the line and fill me with your wisdom
once again

All ya gotta do is
FILL IN THE BLANK SPACE

All ya gotta do is
FILL IN THE BLANK SPACE

All ya gotta do is
FILL IN THE BLANK SPACE

All ya gotta do is

Tell us WHAT ON YOUR MIND


"Hay Honey you need a Status update.... Cos lover just left, with a Younger, Taller, Darker, Richer, Smarter, Charismatic ...and to up that all off!"

He's such a nice guy
His everybody's best friend
And feel your life just might end
Cos miss him so bad

Well get on your feet again
And stand up straight
cos all you needs a Status Update
To give life meaning once again.

All ya gotta do is
FILL IN THE BLANK SPACE

All ya gotta do is
FILL IN THE BLANK SPACE

All ya gotta do is
FILL IN THE BLANK SPACE

All ya gotta do is

Tell us WHAT ON YOUR MIND

log in - log out - log in - log out -log -in - log out - log - off

log in - log out - log in - log out - Log in - log out - log off


log in - log out - log in - log out -log -in - log out - log - off

log in - log out - log in - log out - Log in - log out - log off

I'm siting...
right next to you
but can't get through
We could use a little interface

That's way

Baby don't you know I can't wait
To hear your latest status up date
You know I'm waiting for the news

All ya gotta do is
FILL IN THE BLANK SPACE

All ya gotta do is
FILL IN THE BLANK SPACE

All ya gotta do is
FILL IN THE BLANK SPACE

All ya gotta do is
FILL IN THE BLANK SPACE

All ya gotta do is
FILL IN THE BLANK SPACE

All ya gotta do is
FILL IN THE BLANK SPACE

All ya gotta do is
FILL IN THE BLANK SPACE

All ya gotta do is

Tell us WHAT ON YOUR MIND
Track Name: Do Me Justice ft: Papa Milo
Can't you feel the night so very cold

The bed and blankets oh so cold

Pull me closer and put out the light

and then Do you justice!

Oh darling please do, I said dome justice now.



No brand of whiskey can do it right

No number of blanket can keep me warm

So hold me closes and put out the light and then do me justice

Oh darling make hast, there's no more time to waste now



Now that I am feeling fine, please paw me a class of beer

Give me a single cigarette and tell sweet stories

Tell me that you love me honey, oh do me justice now



darling please kiss me good night, sleep well while you dream of me

but before you do we're gonna take it down...

"Oh darling it's gone past midnight, and wont you do me justice now?"

" OK honey I will come along now"

Oh darling please do, Do me justice now
Track Name: We Have Come Here To Bury Caesar And Not To Praise Him
Well history recalls

That every empire will rise and it will full

Every dog will have it's day

In the sun, then fade away

And the higher you climb

The greater the decline

From the bottom to the top

Get get ready for the drop


Cos if you ask me how far we will go

I'll tell you that I do not know

But if you ask if I know our aim is true

Then I'll tell you, I do


But it could all fall apart on a whim

Until then

We had Come Here To Bury Caecar and Not To Praise Him



Well it may come as some comfort to us all

To know there's always someone out there somewhere plotting your down full

And that could explain this feeling of unease

Supposition of shadows and sudden movements in the trees

But don't run from what you can't see

Cos you might run directly into danger

And supply has always exceeded demand

So why worry now about your future



Cos if you ask me how far we will go

I'll tell you I do not know

But if you as if I know our aim is true

Then I'll tell you, I do


But it could all fall apart on a whim

Until then

We had Come Here To Bury Caecar and Not To Praise Him


And we come here to reminded you

Of the things the lay behind you

We come here to reminded you of the things that come before

And we come here to reminded you

Of the things the lay behind you

We come here to reminded you of the things that come before


And we come here to reminded you

Of the things the lay behind you

We come here to reminded you of the things that come before

And we come here to reminded you

Of the things the lay behind you

We come here to reminded you of the things that come before
Track Name: Good Luck Always Follows You
I want you

I kid you not, I really think I like you

Cos I can feel you

However near or far you really are, I know when your approaching

And good luck always follows you


Our eye met

As soon as you walked in the room I knew, that we would make it

Cos I know you

Although I can't remember in which life, it was we first meet

But you'd impressed me

Because your young you love life and life loves you,

and that's pure

Uncompromising

Unconditional

Uncomplicated

And it's true

Good luck always follows you


I've got a good feeling

Call it intuition, call it naive

A rendition

Of that beautiful song that your grandparents sung

That you'd forgotten

But stayed with you

Unnoticed

But still an asset

Waiting in line for the day

To make you smile

And that's why

Good luck always follows you
Track Name: A13 Trunk Road To The Sea
If you ever have to go to Shoeburyness
Take the A road, the okay road that's the best
Go motorin' on the A13

Well, if you're looking for a thrill that's new
Take in Fords, Dartford Tunnel and the river too
Go motorin' on the A13

It starts down in Wapping
There ain't no stopping
By-pass Barking and straight through Dagenham
Down to Grays Thurrock
And rather near Basildon
Pitsea, Thundersley, Hadleigh, Leigh-On-Sea,
Chalkwell, Prittlewell
Southend's the end

If you ever have to go to Shoeburyness
Take the A road, the okay road that's the best
Go motorin' on the A13

It starts down in Wapping
There ain't no stopping
By-pass Barking and straight through Dagenham
Down to Grays Thurrock
And rather near Basildon
Pitsea, Thundersley, Hadleigh, Leigh-On-Sea,
Chalkwell, Prittlewell
Southend's the end

If you ever have to go to Shoeburyness
Take the A road, the okay road that's the best
Go motorin' on the A13
Go motorin' on the A13
Go motorin' on the A13