Hot on the heels of the release of their new album Forward Ever, Mungo’s Hi Fi have just released a jungle version of their single “Feel The Pressure.”
The track features rising UK singer Eva Lazarus and is produced by Mungo’s own Dougie Wardrop and Rico Tubbs.
The original version of “Feel The Pressure,” which was released earlier this year and featured long-time collaborator Charlie P, has been getting plenty of radio play from the likes of MistaJam, David Rodigan and Toddla T and has already clocked up over 1 million streams on Spotify.
Mungo’s Hi Fi are a conscious sound system who have been working with the likes of YT, Charlie P, Sugar Minott and more recently Marina P.
The Glasgow based collective have been smashing out their own productions with artists as diverse as Kenny Knots and Eva Lazarus.
Here’s their latest “Feel The Pressure” which features vocals from YT. It’s a bit different to their usual reggae type stuff but it is a jungle mix with some proper breakbeats in there.
It comes out on Scotch Bonnet Records on the 20th April
Mungo’s Hi Fi is a Glasgow based sound system, playing all kinds of music from reggae to dancehall, hiphop to dubstep, jungle to drum’n’bass. In 2001 Mungo’s Hi Fi started as a hobby for friends in the student bar at Glasgow University. Since then they have performed over 3,000 shows at some of the most prestigious venues, festivals and events in the world including Glastonbury Festival, Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Outlook Festival (Croatia) and Beatherder Festival (UK).
Mungo’s Hi Fi is fronted by vocalists Mr Williamz, Charlie P and YT. One of their latest songs is “Feel The Pressure” with vocals by Mr Williamz.
We’re very excited to reveal the Jungle Mix of our new song, Feel The Pressure!
The song features YT on vocals and features an all-star line up of remixers, including Dubmatix, Dubkasm and Serial Killaz.
The original mix is a slightly tougher take on the classic Mungo’s sound, featuring YT in classic form over a rubbery riddim with plenty of space for his wicked lyrics.
On the Jungle Mix we took things back to our roots, giving it a full jungle makeover. The result is a proper amen workout for any jungle set.
And there are plenty more mixes too, with some amazing reworks from Serocee and Smerins Anti Social Club as well as the aforementioned Dubmatix (Serious Time), Dubkasm (Version) and Serial Killaz (Rubadub).
We’ve got our first show coming up this weekend at The Assembly in Leamington Spa on Saturday 6th September, where we’ll be playing the album in its entirety. Then we’re off to Boomtown Fair the following weekend for another headline show at The Lion’s Den. We can’t wait!
In the meantime you can pre-order the album here: https://goo
The track features the vocals of Charlie P and is a drum and bass/jungle version of The Prodigy’s classic “Firestarter”. It’s a nod to the 90s rave scene with a modern twist, accompanied by a video that has been edited to match the pace of the track. The video depicts Mungo’s Hi Fi performing at parties and festivals around the world as well as in their studio in Glasgow.
Mungo’s have always been a group who like to push boundaries and experiment with their music. They are known for their dub plates and remixes of iconic songs like “Boom Bye Bye”, “Uptown Top Ranking” and “Kingston Town” which they have turned into reggae classics. This track is no different, Mungo’s are taking on another genre with a big dance tune from the 90s and putting their own spin on it.
Jungle music was born out of reggae sound systems in London in the late 80s and early 90s. It took elements of Reggae, Hip Hop and Breakbeat to create its own style, which was popularised by artists like DJ Rap, Roni
Mungo’s Hi Fi are a 3 piece sound system from Glasgow, Scotland. Consisting of Tom, Doug and Craig, the group came together in 2001, with Tom and Doug having previously worked together as DJs.
The band has released several albums, including Forward Ever (2004), Sound System Champions (2006) and Serious Time (2009). They have worked with artists such as YT (Jamaica), Daddy Freddy and Riddim Tuffa.
In 2011 they were nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year Award, Electric Wire Hustle’s Aeons and Sbtrkt’s self-titled debut among their contemporaries.
The band’s new single Feel The Pressure is out now.
The song is a very soulful jungle track, it has a lot of warmth to it and sounds like it’s been made with a lot of love and care. The main hook is a sample of “There’s A Light” by R&B singer Deniece Williams (who was also sampled on “Dreadlock Holiday” by 10cc). Once again Mungo’s Hi Fi shows they’re not afraid to sample from outside the usual reggae pool, but they’ve done such a great job you don’t even notice until the vocals come in.
As well as having a good tune, the lyrics are also quite profound, dealing with the pressures of modern living. It’s quite common for people in the music industry to have mental health issues, so it’s good to see an artist tackling these problems head-on in their music.
My only complaint about this release is that there’s only one version on offer. I’d have liked to hear what some other producers could do with this track, especially as it feels like it has loads of potential for remixes.