Mungo's Hifi Sound System Champions
Rockers Revolt
September 30, 2008

Track list
  1. Marina P - Divorce A l'Italienne
  2. Kenny Knots - Don't Let Them Break Your Heart
  3. Top Cat - Herbalist
  4. Ranking Joe - How You Bad So?
  5. MC Ishu - Under Arrest
  6. Mikey Murka - Old Time Dance
  7. Tippa Irie - Ruff Mi Tuff
  8. Kenny Knots - Rasta Meditation
  9. Aya Faith - Rooster
  10. Ras Charmer - Songs Of Zion
  11. Suncycle - Around The World
  12. Soom T - Did You Really Know
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Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
On Pama International's label Rockers Revolt appears a real nice compilation album from Scotland's number one Sound System -- at least we think it's the country's number one Sound, because we haven't heard of any other notable Scottish Sound System -- Mungo's Hifi. With regular gigs at the Glasgow School of Art they have kept the Reggae torch burning in Glasgow, and since 2001 they have also put out quite a few highly rated 7" releases on their own Scotch Bonnet imprint. So it was only waiting for the right time to see a full length album hit the streets... and here it is.

Gathered are twelve tracks with different guest vocalists including Jamaican veteran deejay Ranking Joe, Top Cat, Tippa Irie, MC Ishu (Step 13, Manasseh Soundsystem) and Unity Sound System veterans Kenny Knots and Mikey Murka, who sprung to fame in the 1980s alongside singers such as Maxi Priest, Wayne Marshall, Ragga Twins, Selah Collins and Errol Bellot. Riddimwise these artists are offered a variety of styles to voice, with heavy basslines playing a prominent role (like it should when it comes to Sound System business and of course, Reggae in general). Because the listener is treated to a broad spectrum of styles including lover's rock, roots, steppers, dancehall, ska and rocksteady, it prevents this collection of tunes from getting real boring.

One of the most outstanding tracks is Ranking Joe's awesome "How You Bad So?", which benefits from the ultra heavy basslines and a surprisingly good fitting Mexicana brass section. Not far behind comes Tippa Irie's hardhitting dancehall piece "Ruff Mi Tuff" and Kenny Knots' "Rasta Meditation", which is delivered across a revitalized version of Studio One's classic "Heavenless" riddim. Also worth of hearing are Kenny Knots' "Don't Let Them Break Your Heart", Top Cat's "Herbalist", MC Ishu's "Under Arrest", and Ras Charmer's "Songs Of Zion".

Make sure your neighbours are outta town when you pull up the volume, because you're dealing with serious heavy Sound System stuff that makes you move your body and stamp your feet!