Conscious reggae/hip-hop hybrid band The Late Ones just released their new single, “Babylon Exists,” via Easy Star Records. This is the first track from their upcoming Lately EP (pre-order/save at http://moremusic.at/LatelyEP), which drops December 4th. The potent protest song speaks to the moment with a timeless message to stand up for your rights against police brutality and social injustices. An accompanying video premiers next week; it was filmed during the Los Angeles-based George Floyd protests earlier this summer, with footage of the band taking part, as well as handing out mangos to the homeless in L.A. The Late Ones not only shine a light on the injustice they see, as evidenced from one listen to “Babylon Exists,” but they also get involved in trying to actively improve the situation.
Download or stream the new single at http://moremusic.at/BabylonExists.
Band member Tau Avei explains, “‘Babylon Exists’ is a straight shot at the evil and brutality that we feel from the government and police. This song is an anthem stating that evil is real – and until we all can unite and figure out how to truly put an end to it, it’s gonna live on forever.” He adds, “2020 has been a crazy year and the song is so relevant to what’s going on. That what makes this release so special.”
Formed in Laie, Hawaii, and based in Gardena, California, brothers Tui Avei and Tau Avei, along with their cousin Josh Brunson, are the voices that make up The Late Ones. Rooted in both their Samoan culture and their African-American Heritage, the familial bond between the three members comes through in their harmonies and give-and-take with the mic, while each of them brings their own conscious lyrics and unforgettable melodies. The name “The Late Ones” pays tributes to all of the late, great revolutionaries who have come and gone, such as Bob Marley, Tupac, John Lewis, Jimi Hendrix, Kobe Bryant, Steve Biko, Chadwick Boseman, and John Lennon (to name but a few). It is the fusion of each revolutionary story, struggle, and message that inspires and resonates with The Late Ones’ own journey and love for all genres of music. Built on this deeply rooted conviction, the trio harness something undeniably special in calling for justice, freedom and equality with their music.
The band hopes this song – along with the other three cuts on the coming EP – will inspire listeners. “When you’re feeling down, use this track for motivation to stand up for what’s right in your OWN life and then act upon it. We’ve only got once chance, so let’s make it right. One Love.”
The Late Ones bring a youthful and powerful presence to the reggae community, along with a unique spin by bringing in old school hip hop to the mix. Think of the Pharcyde, Souls of Mischief, and A Tribe Called Quest collaborating with The Mighty Diamonds or Culture, and you get a sense of what this sound is like. The band has been steadily building an underground following with releases and shows over the past few years, playing festivals like Cali Roots and sharing stages with The Movement, The Elovators, Easy Star All-Stars, and others. With their upcoming EP, the band is ready to showcase their inspired music coupled with universal messages of love and hope, while consciously standing up for social, racial, and economic equality for all.
“Babylon exists. Hate exists. But overall, love will always exist. And at the end of the day love always wins.” – The Late Ones