For a very special release next month we have paired two mighty talents in a North vs. South sound-system clash. Brighton producer extraordinaire Prince Fatty has decided to take on Glasgow's own dancehall merchant Mungo's Hi-Fi, with the two crews swapping remixes on a full-length album.
Described by Clash Magazine, as “a perfect encapsulation of the creative camaraderie running through British reggae right now, the sheer diversity of style on show is breath-taking”.
On this album you hear Studio One influences from Prince Fatty, mixed with the 80’s digital reggae influences that permeate the Mungo’s Hi-Fi tracks.
The Studio One sound has been well documented on this blog, but the 80’s digital reggae sound also produced incredible music. Once computers became part of the reggae producer’s toolkit, Jamaican music would never be the same.
The influence on Mungo’s Hi-Fi is clear for all to see. Not only are many of their tracks rooted in this sound, but it is also a staple feature of their sound-system DJ sets. Craig from Mungo’s Hi-Fi knows this music inside out, so we asked him to select some of his favourite digital riddims from the 80’s…
1) Admiral Bailey - No Way Better Than Yard
“classic party starter out of the Jammy$ yard”
2) Richie Roots - Hi Hello
“rare one away tune with a sweet vocal / deadly bassline combination and possibly the best mix on the intro ever!”
3) Mikey Melody - Soldier In Town
“super under rated artist in fine style”
4) Derrick Parker - Joyride
“rare tune thankfully reissued!”
5) Gregory Peck - Doogle Berry
“a heavy one from the later under rated digital era of King Tubby”
6) Mankind - These Three Girls
“Mankind won't leave his pals or their girlfriends when he hits the bigtime”
7) Frankie Wilmot - I Wont Give Up
“Precursor for the riddim used on Kenny Knots watch how the people dancing
8) Selah Collins - Pick A Sound
“Uk production from the heavily influential Unity label”
9) Supercat - Vineyard Party
“Don dadda classic on the answer riddim”
10) Nuthead - Buming Ball
“might actually be a 90's tune but for the amazing digi stepper cut of the selassie I Max Romeo track”
Many thanks Craig. Keep an ear out for more information on the forthcoming Prince Fatty Vs Mungo’s Hi-Fi releases on Mr Bongo.