Mungo's HiFi with Eva Lazarus
Mungo’s Hi Fi are a soundsystem and music production collective based in Glasgow, Scotland. They produce and play music which blends Jamaican influence with contemporary bass music, resulting in a unique take on Ska, Reggae, Dancehall and Dubstep that has made them firm favourites in the underground music scene. The soundsystem’s three DJ’s travel widely, playing sets featuring their productions in venues and festivals around the world, as well as taking their own custom built speakers in the UK and continental Europe. Their numerous productions have proved extremely popular, gaining extensive radio play on the BBC in the UK, Radio Nova in France and on numerours other FM and internet broadcasters. They have made music with Jamaican legends such as Johnny Osbourne, Johnny Clarke and Sugar Minott as well as working regularly in the studio and on stage with contemporary vocalists Eva Lazarus, Charlie P, YT, Solo Banton, Marina P and Mr Williamz. Highly collaborative, they’ve worked on remix projects with Leftfield, Coldcut, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Prince Fatty and Major Lazer. They are fully independent, releasing their diverse styles of music through their label Scotch Bonnet Records and its offshoots – Scrub a Dub ansd Dumbarton Rock.
Glasgow-based soundsystem and production unit, Mungo’s Hi Fi, are pleased to announce the release of new album ‘More Fyah’, a stunning collaboration with UK singer and MC, Eva Lazarus. Released 19th July via Scotch Bonnet Records, the album follows the success of their 2017 hook-up on the extremely popular ‘Amsterdam’ EP.
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.
Mungo’s have played shows in almost every continent and have run stages at Glastonbury, Outlook and Dimensions festivals and have received radio support from BBC Radio 1xtra and BBC Radio 6. They have released nine albums to date.