Mungo's Hi Fi are a Glasgow-based soundsystem and production unit who pull off that rare trick of making reggae/dancehall that is original and of quality.
Mungo’s was the brainchild of two like-minded DJs at the turn of the millennium, inspired by the free party scene but following the Jamaican tradition of King Tubby and Prince Jammy. 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 is a global operation with six members: 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 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 Eva Lazarus, Charlie P, Kenny Knots, YT, Solo Banton, Parly B and Marina P.
So far they’ve released nine albums featuring this ensemble of talented artists, including: 2009’s Sound System Champions, 2011’s Forward Ever, 2013's Brand New Bangarang, 2014’s Serious Time, 2015's You see me star and 2016’s No wata down ting. All combine a keen sense of history with a wicked creative streak and some industrial strength drum ‘n’ bass. Like their inspirations, Mungo’s believe in testing their music where it matters: at their hugely popular parties and events worldwide.
A sound system, a production house and a unique way of doing things - Mungo’s Hi Fi are always looking for new collaborators and people who share their vision. It’s a vision based on taking music more seriously than yourself and pushing forward while never forgetting where you’re from.