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Glasgow-based soundsystem and production unit, Mungo's Hi Fi drop a new album, "More Fyah", a stunning collaboration with UK singer and MC, Eva Lazarus. A genre-melding masterpiece, "More Fyah" traverses between reggae, dub, dancehall and other bass flavours. Eva seamlessly tackles every track with her unique lyrical flow and wide vocal range, matched by Mungo's infectious signature sound. From the rocksteady relick of "Dub Be Good To Me", the ragga mash-up title track "More Fyah", the summery riddims of "Light As A Feather", featuring London reggae artist Kiko Bun, to the roots sampling "Babylon Raid", featuring Jamaican reggae legend Max Romeo, Mungo’s have a sound that is deeply rooted in dub and reggae’s lineage, backed by the sharp, sassy and slick vocals of Eva Lazarus.

Raised out of one of the most musically creative cities in the UK, Mungo’s Hi Fi have made a massive contribution to Glasgow’s musical story with a respectful nod to Jamaican sound system tradition. Founded in 2000, Mungo’s was formed by two like-minded DJs, inspired by the free party scene but following the Jamaican tradition of King Tubby and Jah Shaka. True to reggae/dancehall’s DIY ethos, they built their first sound from speakers found in a skip and began producing on an old Atari. They started inviting visiting vocalists to their regular nights in Glasgow to hold the mic and then join them in the studio. Following early recordings on London’s Dubhead records, including debut album "Mungo’s Hi Fi Meets Brother Culture", they founded the Scotch Bonnet Records label in 2005.

Today Mungo’s Hi Fi’s three DJs, Craig, Doug and Tom play all over the world, assisted by the team at Scotch Bonnet Records: all committed to spreading their philosophy of serious, seismic productions plus easy going democratic dancehall fun. Highly collaborative, they’ve worked on remix projects with Leftfield, Coldcut, Submotion Orchestra, Kahn and Prince Fatty in the UK to Major Lazer in the US and are currently expanding links with East African Records based in Uganda. The vocal collaborations go much further, from foundation Jamaican legends such as Sugar Minott, Ranking Joe and Johnny Clarke to contemporary artists like Charlie P, Kenny Knots, YT, Solo Banton, Parly B and Marina P. This is Eva's first full length album, having recently featured on tracks with Swindle, Zed Bias, Jus Now and Gentlemans Dub Club. A multi genre artist, she has been making waves worldwide, fresh from her first global tour which took in Panama, Dubai, Uganda, Kenya, India, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand. Her releases include The Nextmen vs Gentleman's Dub Club "Pound for Pound" and Benny Page "Front Left". She is also set to release her first solo EP later this year and has a starring role in ‘Kid_X’, a theatre production that charts a futuristic romance between a boy with a bionic heart and a famous rooftop selfie queen.


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Matt says: Scotch Bonnet bass stalwarts Mungo's Hi-Fi are bread and butter for our reggae section, always garnering our shelves with a release or two every year. "More Fyah" is this year's long playing offering and boy is it killer. Dancehall, bass, roots, dub and reggae flavours are all represented in authentic yet inspired and creative form, there's a few UKs determined to keep reggae fresh, and Mungo's Hi-fi rate up their with the best of the bunch.

Scotch Bonnet Records revels in the sheer breadth of reggae and dancehall for their second daringly diverse "Puffers Choice" compilation. Following the success of 2016’s Volume 1, the label arm of Glasgow’s Mungo’s HiFi has selected more cream cuts from their globe-trotting link-ups celebrating sound system culture. Once again, each track comes vetted and endorsed by the Scotch Bonnet team as prime examples of their work. The album starts with the beguiling, mellow tones of late great Rasta singer Bim Sherman. "Lightning and Thunder" is a Mungo’s remix of a vocal supplied by master producer / engineer Adrian Sherwood. Next up is French collective Subactive’s aquatic dub imagining of "Follow Me" by UK garage / grime project Wolves, featuring the voice of Bo Johnson. Another veteran revisits his past when hypnotic Jamaican deejay Supercat straddles Chief Rockas’ update of the classic "Gunshot" riddim for a reprise of the Don Dada’s 1982 hit "Dance Inna New York". The vibes then travel bang up to date with a sparse Mungo’s fix of ethereal singer-songwriter Nem’s 2017 eco-breakout "Purest Force". Jamaican chanter Isha Bel pays tribute to her faith and follicles during "Locks", given a belly-battering bass blend by Aquarius.

The A side closes with a continuation of the Rasta theme. General Jah Mikey, channelling Burning Spear for his own "Ites Green and Gold", rides a deft digital riff by bald-head New Zealand-based super-producer Naram. The B side kicks off with a meeting of reggae’s finest from the city of Leeds. Danny T and Tradesman build an industrial-strength base for anti-violence lament "Up Deh": a rare vocal outing from Iration Steppas’ Mark Iration. Then it’s time for Poland’s Dreadsquad to ease the pressure with swinging onedrop vibraphone instrumental "Space". JA meets Glasgae for "Feel Good", an uplifting collab between Jamaican singer Skari and Scottish producer Escape Roots. Fans of Prince Fatty covering Kraftwork on the previous comp will rate vintage reggae voice Earl Sixteen, wrapping his pristine pipes around Joy Division’s "Love Will Tear Us Apart", helmed hauntingly by Capitol 1212. Scotch Bonnet’s own Thomas Stalawa gets everyone marching to a beat inspired by Steely and Clevie’s "Dem Bow", as dangerous Spanish emcee Ponchita Peligros demands all in attendance "Run the Calypso".


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