Don’t let the title of Scottish dancehall dubbers Mungo’s Hi Fi’s latest album fool you. Serious Time is not as serious as it may sound; it’s rather a playful and feel-good set full of uplifting vibes and danceable beats.
But as usual with Mungo’s Hi-Fi – they test your bass bins and woofers with their sound system smashers, voiced by a number of versatile Mungo’s Hi Fi regulars and reggae heavyweights. Mr. Williamz, Soom T, Charlie P, YT, Speng Bond, Warrior Queen, Cornel Campbell, Blackout JA and Marina P all take turns on the microphone.
Their third double LP is just as clean and crisp as it is heavy and fat. It follows Forward Ever released in 2011, and arrives hot on the heels of their massive collaborations with Major Lazer and Prince Fatty and showcases all aspects of contemporary bass boosted sound system oriented dancehall – from Studio One style live horns to digital bass bangers all threaded together in a rocking and swinging extravaganza.
Highlights include Warrior Queen’s unexpectedly bright Can’t Stand It, on a massive relick of Coxsone Dodd’s Run Run riddim, Solo Banton’s teachings on Dancehall School, on a relick of the the much-versioned Sleng Teng riddim, and Mr. Williamz’ Thousand Style, on which he rides a thunderous galloping riddim incorporating elements from the theme from 80s classic motion picture Beverly Hills Cop.
But just as great as these three key tracks are Soom T’s stripped and tongue-twisting 31st Century Song, Peter Metro & Squiddly’s old-school-flavored Gunman Posse and Blackout JA’s upbeat Overcome.
Serious Time is a diverse and non-traditional album filled with surprising features and inspired relicks. All flavored with a healthy dose of bass.