Mungo’s Hi Fi and Eva Lazarus: More Fyah

Glasgow’s heavyweight sound system, Mungo’s Hi Fi, are back with their new release ‘More Fyah’ alongside vocalist Eva Lazarus – her first album. ‘More Fyah’ was originally commissioned as part of the live theatre production, KID_X, created by the skills of Bassline Circus, MHz and Feral. Mungo’s Hi Fi wrote the music for the show while Eva Lazarus wrote the lyrics as well as taking a lead role in the performance itself. KID_X will be performed in Glasgow on the 31st May and 1st June and thereafter at the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Made In Scotland Programme.

The album opens with the an upbeat and uplifting version of ‘Dub Be Good 2 Me’ taking a little while to get to the vocals, and goes on to feature, as well as the highly effective vocals of Eva, the sound of Kiko Bun on the great reggae track ‘Light as a Feather’ and a sample of no less than Max Romeo on ‘Babylon Raid’ – Three Blind Mice indeed. The title track is an assertive mixture of dancehall and dubstep, powering along a strong bass sound. The strength of Mungo’s sound is undoubtedly in their knowledge of the reggae and dub tradition alongside a readiness to cross the boundaries of dancehall, drum & bass and hip-hop. It creates their own unique and all-enveloping sound.

Describing Mungo’s work with Eva Lazarus, Craig Macleod from the sound system outfit says: “We were blown away by her energy, presence and vocal versatility on stage when we played the same night in Bristol some time back and instantly knew that we were on a similar musical path.”

Mungo’s Hi-Fi/Eva Lazarus ‘‘More Fyah’, released 19th July 2019 on Scotch Bonnet Records, vinyl, CD and digital formats

Dactah Chando and Umberto Echo: Guardians of Dub

Here comes the welcome sound of some heavyweight dub from Dactah Chando and the German producer who goes by the delightful name of Umberto Echo. This is the seventh album by Dactah, but the first in a dub style. The album comprises tracks from Dactah’s back catalogue over the past eight years or so, remixed here for a dub treatment with a very solid bass foundation.  Touring in Germany from now until August there is some opportunity for European audiences to hear this in a live setting. Otherwise just sit back and enjoy with the bass turned up.

Dactah Chando Meets Umberto Echo: Guardians of Dub, release May 2019 in digital and vinyl formats on Achinech Productions