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Traveling back through time, Wrongtom picks up the Ragga Twins on course to release the highly anticipated single “Bacchanal”, out 24th March on Tru Thoughts. Along with a new music video, this is the latest instalment in his Wrongtom Meets series; the upcoming ‘In Time’ album (out 28th April) sees producer Wrongtom bring the breakbeat/jungle pioneers full circle and back to their reggae and dancehall roots. This single also boasts a jungle refit from Bodykit and electro-pop remix from Lost Midas of the title track, plus a bonus cut in the form of “CND (Extended Mix)”.

“So, where’s this Ragga Twins album…?” was the question on everyone’s lips, and the one which has stayed with the East-London producer for the best part of 4 years. Wrongtom met the legendary jungle bredrin Flinty Badman (Trevor Destouche), and Deman Rocker (David Destouche) at Shambala festival in 2013, where they devised an entirely ad-libbed performance that made the crowd go berserk. This ignited an unstoppable collaborative process and so followed the exchange of dub mixes, rumours of one-take recording sessions, and an old moth-eaten rucksack full of lyrics dating back to the mid '80s. Behind the album’s title lie multifarious meanings; ‘In Time’ references the amount of work that went into the project, the analogue production process, and the seismic lyrics of the Ragga Twins past and present. “It’s a musical time capsule” Wrongtom explains.

Deifying a Caribbean tradition, Wrongtom prepares the crowd for a celebration tune in opener “Bacchanal”. He muses that the Ragga Twins intended the lead track to be a battle lyric: “It’s about coming to a massive party– a bacchanal –slaying the dance, and the other MCs and DJs. It sounds a lot worse than it is, it’s all good clean fun”. The Ragga Twins create a capacious, pendulate exchange, their vocals unified across the bassline – they’re in fifth gear from the onset. “The bass is made on a Fender Rhodes” Wrongtom explains. “This is an unorthodox instrument for bass sounds, but with the bottom end turned up, and then played through a phaser, it gives an overbearing sound that envelops you.”

Steeped in the glistening charm of LA, producer Lost Midas’ skank-hop-electro-pop remix of “Bacchanal” preserves the fury of the Ragga Twins delivery. Applying some souped-up pressure, “Bacchanal (Bodykit Refit)” is equipped with enough heart-racing build ups and low-end wobbles to transport the Ragga Twins bars into a more familiar junglist territory. London-based Bodykit imagines the track sitting somewhere between old school dancehall-fuelled-jungle and modern jump up stuff like Congo Natty's recent material. Harnessing the spirit of unity, “CND (Extended Mix)” speaks about peace, community and love; a message of hope written in the ‘80s which seems very prescient at this current moment.

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 his latest release, the 'Possessed' EP, Wrongtom has developed an in-demand live set with the Ragga Twins which he will be performing across the UK this year as a 9-piece reggae outfit and stripped back set; amidst working on producing a new album with a variety of heavy new vocalists.

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released March 24, 2017

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Wrongtom is a record producer and dj from South London, now residing in the not-so-trendy reaches of the east end, he spends his days playing with tape echo and watching B-movies in his makeshift studio hidden away in a converted nunnery.

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