Mungo’s Hi Fi has always been forward-thinking and Brand New Bangarang is no exception. Far from it. The eight tracks – ten on the CD version – showcase a fresh and futuristic approach to reggae with an almost industrial sound. It’s introvert, complex and dry, but firmly rooted in the 80s digital era.
Kenny Knots has been nicing and mashing up dances worldwide for the past 30 years and has developed his own smooth and fierce brand of delivering positive and conscious lyrics. He has been part of the UK sound system movement since he was a teenager and often manages to capture the raw excitement in the dancehall onto wax.
On Brand New Bangarang he’s inspired and chants and sings with roaring enthusiasm, especially on Gimme Gimme, probably the single greatest highlight on the album.
Available now on LP, digital platforms and CD, the latter includes the bonus cuts Don’t Let Them and Rasta Meditation, both previously released.