Serious Times (2014)

 

Mungo’s HI FI – Serious Times (2014)

Genere: Reggae-Rub-a-dub-Dubstep-Dancehall

 

2014 Scotch Bonnet Records

 

Serious Times segna il ritorno discografico del collettivo scozzese Mungo’s HI FI. L’album  è stato pubblicato anche su doppio vinile, cosa sempre più rara al giorno d’oggi. Ascoltando il loro nuovo lavoro, si nota subito che Mungo's HI FI non ha seguito una linea musicale precisa, a differenza del successo del 2008, Sound System Champions, caratterizzato prevalentemente da sonorità rocksteady ska, o dal secondo album, Forward Ever, molto più digitale. Il variegato Serious Times presente classiche sonorità old school come l’opener Serious Times, con il cantante inglese YT su un classico Studio One Riddim, Can’t Stand It, la seconda traccia con Warrior Queen che si cimenta sul Run Run Riddim di Coxsone Dodd, e la closer Jah Say Love, coinvolgente base roots cantata dal veterano Cornell Campbell. I suoni digitali invece arrivano con 31st Century Song cantata da SoomT, presente anche con Thinking of an Island, altra digital track. Molti cantanti presenti su Serious Times avevano già collaborato con Mungo’s HI FI nelle loro precedenti produzioni. Marina P, singer italiana che aveva già interpretato tra l’altro l’hit Divorce à l’Italienne, ritorna con Slavery, brano sperimentale nel quale combina liriche conscious con suoni dubstep. Solo Banton, con Dancehall School, ci porta su territori Rub-a-Dub mentre Blackout JA, con Overcome, ci fa ascoltare un raggamuffin senza compromessi. La tune Traveller, cantata da Charlie P, pulsa con bassi pompatissimi, come d’altronde tutti i brani dell’album, ed è la perfetta fotografia di un album completo e imperdibile per tutti gli amanti del dj style.

 

 

Tracks

01. Serious Time feat. YT

02. Can't Stand It feat. Warrior Queen

03. 31st Century Song feat. Soom T

04. Bike Rider feat. Pupajim

05. Thousand Style feat. Mr Williamz

06. Animal Dance feat. Speng Bond

07. Thinking of an Island feat. Soom T

08. Slavery feat. Marina P

09. Dancehall School feat. Solo Banton

10. Nice It Up feat. Charlie P

11. Gunman Posse feat. Peter Metro & Squiddly

12. Overcome feat. Blackout JA

13. Traveller feat. Charlie P

14. Babylon a Come feat. Parly B

15. Jah Say Love feat. Cornel Campbell

 

About the Author

Mungo s HI FI

Mungo s HI FI

Mungo’s Hi Fi first set sail at the turn of the millennium – a time when soundsystem culture was at low tide in the Clyde estuary. They had to dig deep into reggae dancehall heritage to distill its essence, avoiding mimicry like the plague and always keeping it real. The example of soundsystem pioneers showed the way – using the latest technology to build on the past, conscious of the current climate.

The digital age has brought on a storm of musical offerings making it hard for music lovers to navigate a safe course. Mungo’s Hi Fi shine a light in the darkness.

As the good ship Mungo grew, so did the crew. Seven now make up the permanent company, each with their own responsibilities for producing and releasing the music, running the label, shop, playing live shows and putting on promotions. Together with a hard working crew of MCs, box lifters and visual artists they work as a team, relying on all their strengths and not just strong personalities that can cause a sound to run aground. They have been on adventures all over the globe, sometimes travelling alone, sometimes with the whole crew.

At sea you learn self reliance, how to keep a positive attitude and how to have fun. They maintain a suspicion of cultural pirates and their abuse of power, which is why they choose to retain control over how they make and present their music, favouring passion over presentation.

When counter currents start to challenge the mainstream they will always meet opposition. As the tide begins to swell they are ready to batten down the hatches and provide a beating heart for those who battle injustice with the power of love and the human spirit. In order to stop complaining and start competing they have had to face their own fears and private opposition, get organised and fight back. In this serious time war is not the answer as only love can conquer.

http://www.mungoshifi.net