If you’re into reggae and haven’t heard of Mungo’s Hifi by now, then you must living in some remote cave and are still marvelling at this new invention that is fire.
In addition to setting up their powerful sound system in some of the biggest festivals in Europe (Glastonbury, Reggae Sun Ska, and Outlook among others), touring the world from Japan to South America, and organising weekly and monthly nights in Glasgow; the Mungo’s crew have been releasing a steady stream of heavyweight singles and albums on their own label. In preparation for their New Year’s Eve party at Stereo, they put together a series podcasts from each of the crew and some of the extended mungo’s family.
Podcast #1 is from the Chungo Bungo crew, who have been organising alongside Mungo’s HiFi the monthly events at chamber 69 and SWG3, and have been a regular feature of the Walk n Skank nights every Thursday.
Podcast #2 is put together by Stalawa Sound. Originally from Le Havre, France, he is no stranger to Glasgow and has set up nights alongside DJ Kokoro under the Hunt Them Crew banner. Having freshly moved back to Scotland, he presents a heavy selection of old school dancehall and digital.
Podcast #3 has Craig from the Mungo’s crew brings the 80s back with some classic early dancehall from the likes of John Wayne, Cocoa Tea and Barrington Levy.
For podcast #4, Breezak, the main man behind the Mungo’s/Bass Alliance Sound System rig, brings here a selection of heavy stepper tunes, including a number of dubs from the French scene such as OBF, High Tone and Stand High Patrol,
Youthman outfit CC Sound take care of podcast #5. Since last year they have been organising their own sessions, building their sound system and took over Walk n Skank this summer while Mungo’s were on tour. You should definitely keep your eyes and ears out for these guys, and the serious selection of killer tunes and dubplates in this mix will illustrates my point.
Podcast #6 is from Mungo’s Hifi’s Doug, where he presents his best of 2013. In his own words: “I had 30 minutes before I had to go get the kids from Capoeira class, and i had only just collected some of my favourite tracks from this year, so this one take is a little rough around the edges. However, on listening back I think it will do as a taster for some of what I’ll be playing at stereo this Hogmanay.”
Podcast #7 might not be a favourite for anyone who has a preference for roots or more classical reggae. Put together by Tom from Mungo’s, it covers some of the more recent tunes of what one could call the (very wide) ‘bass music’ genre. Expect hints of dubstep, carnival/soca and bass heavy dancehall.
And to wrap up the series, podcast #8 is a mix by Mungo’s Hifi’s newest recruit, James. As he describes it, “This selections brings in tunes from nowadays and way-back-when, mixing some of my favourite grime & dubstep records from my collection along with some bang up to date new releases, dubplates & studio productions. These are the styles of music that led me to start digging for dancehall & rub-a-dub records, I hope you can appreciate the connection and enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed recording it. Cheers.”
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