Release Date: 13th November 2020
For over two decades, Glasgow’s Mungo’s Hi Fi and their label Scotch Bonnet have spread their fun, forward-thinking reggae music around the world. And this ethos is triple-distilled into their now eagerly- awaited Puffer’s Choice compilations.
The latest, third edition in the series collects some the last few years' top collaborative highlights onto one LP. With its cover bearing the MacLeod of Lewis tartan, Puffer’s Choice 3 is a celebration of both the label’s Scottish heritage and their global family tree of links with sound systems, artists and producers who share the same spirit.
a1. Mr Williamz - My Heavenz (prod. Chief Rockas)
a2. Mungo's Hi Fi - Go Lassie ft Cian Finn
a3. Jeb Loy Nichols - To Be Rich (Should Be A Crime) (prod. Adrian Sherwood)
a4. Stalawa - Rather Be Alone ft Nazizi
a5. Viktorious & Earl Cunningham - Hotstepper
a6. Bony Fly - Crucial ft JonnyGo Figure
b1. Parly B - Lyrics Spree ft Daddy Freddy, Tipa Irie & Interrupt
b2. Shokryme & RTKaL - BBS (prod Equiknoxx)
b3. Flying Fox - Weak Hearts
b4. Skari - Black ft. INT DUB
b5. Mungo's Hi Fi - In My Zone ft. Gardna & Charlie Brix
b6. Somah - Sailor ft Nem
Release Date - 16th November 2018
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.
a1. Bim Sherman – Lightning & thunder (Mungo’s Hi Fi remix)
a2. Wolves ft Bo* Johnson – Follow me (Subactive remix)
a3. Chief Rockas ft Supercat – Dance inna New York
a4. Nem – Purest force (Mungo’s Hi Fi remix)
a5. Isha Bel – Locks grow (Aquarius remix)
a6. Naram ft General Jah Mikey – Ites, green & gold
b1. Danny T & Tradesman ft Mark Iration – Up deh
b2. Dreadsquad - Space
b3. Escape Roots ft Skari – Feel good (Puffers mix)
b4. Capitol 1212 ft Earl 16 – Love will tear us apart
b5. Stalawa ft Ponchita Peligros – Run the calypso
b6. Trilion ft General G – No nicotine
Shipping From - 3rd May 2019
Reggae's African connection meets the global ethos of Glasgow's Scotch Bonnet Records for their historic new EP. French-born, Glasgow-based producer Stalawa has voiced a talented selection of East African vocalists to thrilling effect, over his heftiest roots rub-a-dub rhythms. This project is the culmination of multiple fruitful visits to Kenya and Uganda by Scotch Bonnet proprietors, Mungo’s Hi Fi sound system. It has been fine-tuned between Glasgow and Kampala over the last three years.
The A side features the wailing voice of Ugandan singer and emcee Blessed San. Showcasing a vocal style not unlike legendary Jamaican reggae veteran Michael Prophet (despite never actually having heard him before), Traitor is a mournful rebuke to all who violate his trust. Stalawa has mixed a haunting accompanying dub: all crashing drums and biting horns.
The B side hosts a Kenyan-Caribbean collaboration on a vintage classic. Connoisseurs’ Jamaican singer Delroy Melody has recut his 1979 local hit Ease Up The Pressure, adding verses from Luganda Rasta lyricist C Wyne Nalukalala (meaning “the troublemaker”). The remade backing, based on Dennis Brown’s Easy Take It Easy, was built in Jamaica by renowned drummer Sly Dunbar and keyboardist Dennis ‘Jah D’ Fearon. Also on the flip is Kenya's “first lady” of hip hop and reggae Nazizi. Her song Ukiangalia (“when you see” in Swahili) rides a dubby update of King Tubby’s famous Tempo rhythm.
All vocals bar Mr Melody’s were recorded in Kampala, Uganda by David Cecil and Wana Benjamin of East Africa Records, with brass parts dubbed by Stalawa in Glasgow. The guitar on Traitor is the work of popular Scottish vocalist Tom Spirals. Hornplay comes courtesy of Tim Quick, Liam Shorthall and Matieusz Sobieski.
a1. Stalawa - Traitor ft. Blessed San
a2. Stalawa - Traitor Dub
b1. Stalawa - Ease Up The Pressure ft. Delroy Melody & C Wyne Nalukalala
b2. Stalawa - Ukiangalia ft. Nazizi
Release Date: 13th August 2021
Dub, the breaking down and rebuilding of the reggae rhythm, is a uniquely restorative music. And it is with this in mind, that Mungo’s Hi Fi have created their latest long-playing release.
Antidote is a ten-track album of dub remixes to existing and yet to be released Mungo’s produced anthems: inspired by dub pioneers such as King Tubby, Scientist and Errol Thompson, crafted with a futuristic edge. This is an album designed for inner reflection, non-physical travel and communion with nature. In short, it’s an Antidote to all the stress and restriction of modern life.
Throughout Antidote, you’ll hear snatches of vocals from Mungo’s favoured collaborators. The other- worldly voice of France’s Pupajim graces the time-bending Time Traveller. UK lyricist Solo Banton powers the chest-rattling Pulsating Dub. The ethereal Hollie Cook’s Sugar Water gets a haunting mixdown for Intravenous Dub, while Jamaican dancehall legends Jah Thomas and Lady Ann’s Doctor Doctor is reimagined as NHS 24 Dub. The unmistakable vocal tone of London’s Kiko Bun finds its way through a forest of crashing snare drums during Escape from the City.
Rain Keeps Falling, Mungo’s 2017 Record Store Day release with Jamaican roots icon Johnny Clarke, reappears, ominously on the horizon as Murky Dub. The immortal King Jammy relick Total Disaster by Shanti D is given robotic treatment to become Epic Fail.
The ancient voice of Rasta chanter Prince Alla anchor Miracle Cure, a new flipside to his 1979 Freedom Sounds composition Only Love Can Conquer. Two generations of UK emcees, Charlie P and Daddy Freddy, give sparing performances amidst the sparse yet deeply textured Border Patrol.
Perhaps the purest distillation of the project’s message is vocal-free final track, Birds Of Pleasure, a blissful meditation on the recent rise in birdsong across the world.
Antidote is a dub album that will appeal to lovers of the classic Jamaican artform and contemporary bass music in equal measure. It’s a sonic journey that will leave all who enter cleansed and replenished on the other side.
- a1. Time Traveller
- a2. NHS 24 Dub
- a3. Intravenous Dub
- a4. Escape From The City
- a5. Pulsating Dub
- b1. Miracle Cure
- b2. Murky Dub
- b3. Epic Fail
- b4. Border Patrol
- b5. Birds OF Pleasure
Release Date: 14th August 2020
Mungo’s Hi Fi cement their long-standing connection with Italian-born, Paris-based singer Marina P, by releasing eagerly awaited concept album Soul Radio. Over six years in the making, Soul Radio is an ambitious representation of the artistic fullness of Marina P, expanding into multiple genres while keeping its roots in rocksteady, reggae and ska.
Born in Italy to jazz loving parents, Marina P travelled to Paris to get involved in its music scene. Word reached Mungo’s HiFi of this rising singer with a cool yet emotive tone, and the Scottish sound system and label reached across the Channel to voice her on their industrial strength Belly Ska riddim. The result was 2007’s massive and enduring Divorce à l'Italienne, which was included on Mungo’s 2009 Sound System Champions LP.
That track is present on Soul Radio, alongside an inspired rocksteady cover of Smashing Pumpkins’ Soma, plus ska smash, And The Beat Goes SKA!, an adaptation of Sonny and Cher’s And The Beat Goes On. Having worked up a sweat on the ska and rocksteady dancefloor, the album relaxes into a more chilled space, with the haunting Nice To Meet You and the serene Great Wave. These calming, secluded sonic spaces combine Mungo’s forward-thinking production with a retro 90s-meets-50s, trip- hop-in-a-jazz club nostalgia. Taken as a whole, Soul Radio celebrates Marina P’s depth and versatility as an artist. It’s also the perfect soundtrack to both the night before - and the morning after.
a2. Mama Was Right
a3. Divorce A L'Italienne
a4. The Beat Goes SKA! ft Tippa Irie & Dennis Alcapone
a5. Troubles And Worries
b2. Nice To Meet You
b3. Great Wave
b4. My Reminder
b5. Wouldn't It Be Something