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Wrong Tom Meets Deemus J Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Tru Thoughts
  • ASIN: B008PC1HKW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Old Time Stylee
2. Jump + Move + Rock
3. Riot Ting
4. South London Dubplate
5. At The Dancehall
6. Raspootin
7. Superteng
8. Wa Do Dance
9. Crime Times
10. Turn It Up
11. Late Night Dance
12. Suzy Hangs Out
13. East London

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BBC Review

Aside from dub and dancehall devotees, most of those sizing up In East London will have arrived here courtesy of 2010’s plaudit-winning Duppy Writer, on which Roots Manuva ‘met’ Wrongtom.

In itself, this is a bit of a shame – Wrongtom has been conjuring on the decks since the 80s, following in the sound system tradition that has so influenced British music. Sadly, without the sharpness of Roots’ wit and the uniqueness of his voice, such musical tourists are likely to be disappointed by this set.

They’re here, though, and that’s something. They’ll lap up Riot Ting, the vocals for which were laid down in the wake of the UK’s 2011 summer disturbances. Its strutting brass, anxious lyrics and eerie vibe is dimly reminiscent of The Specials’ Ghost Town.

They’ll smile, too, when they hear At the Dancehall. It isn’t some thawed-out woolly mammoth of a track – it’s brand new, and yet still suggests so much about the roots of 90s garage and today’s omnipresent dubstep. MC Deemas J puts in his best performance here, the number of words he delivers per beat escalating until he’s thrillingly machine-gunning “Whuddha-boud-boud-whudha-bo-bou-whaddhabout-that.”

Though the vocals never reach that peak again, they’re steady and reliable throughout, Deemas J reflecting on three decades of shifting music and culture in his native London. The bass bounces, never deviates: slightly maddening, effortlessly cool. The fog of reverb evokes a certain late-night rooftop London, its strange fusion of timelessness and tension.

Part of the motivation behind releasing this in 2012 has to be nostalgia, but that shouldn’t make In East London irrelevant. A lot of so-called innovation loses its edge when you listen to a record like this, which in preserving a certain sound from a point in time that perhaps never was, helps you (the Manuva-trailing listener?) see how the seeds were sown for everything from Dizzee Rascal to James Blake.

And then, in the street noise that closes East London, it feels like a heartfelt lament for a raw, eclectic London that’s fading away before waves of new-build sanitisation.

--David Quantick

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Brilliance! 27 Oct 2012
By Liam R
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Being a music collector and a person who delves into all genres, I come accross this by accident, and aren't I glad I did! It's pure genius, brilliant music and if you really sit back and listen to it you can here Bob Marley influence and classic British Rap which combine to create an outstanding debut album. If you are like myself and love all genres of music and want an album which will sweak people's ears or get the party going, then this is it. I am extremely looking forward to a second album.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bouncy 20 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
I'd waited for this after hearing Wrongtoms last work with Roots Manuva. It was worth it. Mix together Deemas Js vocals, Wrongtoms production and Tony McDermotts original artwork and the whole package is just BANGING.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wake the town-and tell the people to dance. 19 Feb 2013
By crash, burn, rebuild - Published on
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This duo who have been working on and off since the mid 90's have put together an impressive offering that has ousted me from my comfort zone of 70's roots reggae.In the genre of ragga/dancehall,ego usually rears its head and overshadows the music.Here,there is none of that,only a love for their craft and a talent to present it with style. The first two tracks are floor shakingly infectious and WILL be stuck in your head.'Riot Ting',has a more classic reggae vibe with its horn punctuations and Deemas J's spot on Uroy delivery.'Raspootin' has a dubby slow stoned groove that pulls you in immediately.'Wa Do Dance'(with dj Ammoye),has a sinuous horn line and more daddy Uroy niceness.Occaisionally, i am stuck with a cd that starts out hot but tapers off halfway through.This is NOT the case with this one as it grabs you from the first cut to the last three(which are personal faves)the standout is 'East London' with its spooky LKJ tone with a little Moonshake thrown in.Overall,praise must be given for this pairs dedication to their home base while wishing to push their music past boundaries of geography and time.As the man Deemas J says, 'time to burn some rubber on your shoes'.
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