Review: Scotland's most trusted reggae sound system Mungo's Hi Fi returns to Scotch Bonnet with the second single from the Soul Radio album, released earlier this year. It sees Sonny and Cher's 1967 number "And The Beat Goes On" souped-up ska-style with piano-led rhythms and vocal trips turned to something instrumental in "Ivory Coast". The Beat Goes SKA! takes in three distinct artists from different eras via an inter-generational family in Italian vocalist Marina P, legendary rocksteady and reggae deejay Dennis Alcapone and dancehall entertainer turned vocalist Tippa Irie on the mic! Said to embody the spirits of legends like Theophilus Beckford and Gladstone Anderson, the ska goes on!
Rules Of The Dance (feat Charlie P - Jd mix) - (4:20) 138 BPM
Review: There have already been a few messed-up mixes of "Rules Of The Dance" by Mungo's Hi Fi, but this latest rework by JD quite possibly takes the biscuit. Slowed down to the heartbeat of a dying stab victim in a dark alleyway, this moody rework is all about the neg vibes - with Charlie P's (ironically positive) lyrical flow pitched down to a booming voice of doom floating above an eerie hip-hop beat before celestial synth melodies flood the tune. Never has scary sounded so good!
Review: The Mungos crew lay down a gorgeous naked beat and invite emerging Essex mic-man Charlie P to spread it with lyrical command. The result is a perfect slice of modern day dancehall dub that will charm every style of bass DJ thanks to its big warm subs, soft skanks and a slick-tongued mic command that lingers in your mind long after the track's finished. For something a little darker head for Kahn's remix: continuing his Midas touch, the Bristol don gives this an intricate, drum-heavy twist. Ruling.
Review: Following on from last week's exciting link up between Eva Lazarus and Mungo's Hi Fi, we see the scotch bonnet team at it again as they combine forces on 'More Fyah'. This one takes on a much more classic dancehall approach, with spaced out, tripletted drum patterns and switches allowing enough space for Eva Lazarus to express a more melodic vocal performance. The tune is liable to techy switch ups as well, with halftime style drum work being employed to keep the ravers on their toes from start to finish.
Review: For us, the Glasgow based sound system champions known as Mungo's Hi Fi receive nowhere near enough credit for their constant stoking of the UK's dub and reggae fire. They here team up with both Eva Lazarus and the legendary Max Romeo on their home imprint of Scotch Bonnet for a wicked future dub-style creeper. As a recording 'Babylon Raid' is the perfect fusion of classic roots audio and modern experimental reggae flavours, dipping between a smokey introduction and a more digitized breakdown, perfect for lighting up the dance!
Review: Mungos HiFi have had a fantastic year, with this latest collaboration project with Eva Lazarus providing the perfect evidence of that. We have been loving everything they have been putting together, but this latest original, alongside the legendary vocal layers of Kiko Bun was the perfect way to round off their 2019. Featuring big dancehall ready subs, smooth drums and steadily progressing chord structures, over which both vocalists do what they do best, which is send the dance into a ruckus!