Mungo's Hi Fi x Eva Lazarus – More Fyah (Video Premiere)
Watch the new video for More Fyah, the latest single from the collaborative pairing of Mungo's Hi Fi and Eva Lazarus
Following the release of Babylon Raid at the start of the month (which featured a sample of Jamaican roots and reggae artist Max Romeo), Glasgow-based sound system and production unit Mungo’s Hi Fi are back alongside MC Eva Lazarus with the title track to their upcoming album More Fyah, set for release on 19 July via Scotch Bonnet Records.
More Fyah leans more heavily in the direction of dub, dancehall and drum’n’bass, and as well as being the second single to be taken from the new album, it’s also the lead single for the "boy-meets-girl love story for the future" KID_X, the dance and physical theatre stage show starring Lazarus that's coming to the Edinburgh Fringe this August via Bassline Circus and MHz in association with Feral.
"Working on More Fyah was a new experience for us," Craig Macleod of Mungo’s Hi Fi tells us. "We were already working with Eva on an album when Feral approached us to write music for their theatre production, KID_X. We ended up writing all the music for the show, which pulled in the talents of Eva Lazarus, Bassline Circus, MHz, Feral and Once Were Farmers, as well as some outstanding physical performers.
"The track More Fyah had existed in demo form for about a year and we thought it would be the perfect bridge between the KID_X show and our album. Musically, the track itself was inspired by the festivals both Eva and ourselves had been performing at, combining elements of reggae, half-time drum’n’bass and other sounds we had soaked up while on tour. We wanted to give the track a futuristic feel and the music video draws on the virtual worlds that appear in the KID_X theatre show."
The Skinny are delighted to be premiering the music video for More Fyah which you can watch in the above YouTube video (click here if it’s not displaying correctly). "The video is a rearrangement of the world, characters and performers from KID_X," MHz Creative Directors Bex Anson and Dav Bernard tell us. "It's meant to feel like an alternate scene that could have been in the same story, while also functioning as a standalone performance video in its own right. It was great having this framework to experiment with creating a stylised retro-futuristic look.
"Two years in the making, KID_X is a circus/dance/concert hybrid that aims to capture the excitement of the music festival environments we created with our previous Bassline Circus shows. The Boomtown Games (2016) was one such project that saw us collaborate with Eva Lazarus for the first time, at which point we realised she was also starting to work on an album with Mungo's Hi Fi. We took it as a sign that it was our opportunity to realise our dream of bringing a Bassline Circus show to Scotland for the first time.
"With the near simultaneous release of the album and the premiere of the show, we decided to commission a video that would capture the energy, the chemistry (between our brilliant dancer Malick Bright and his ultra talented hand balancing counterpart Amanda Attwood) and some of the thematics (futuristic love story set in a dystopian digital world) of the stage production, in a video that would also function as a stand alone promo for the single release of More Fyah."
More Fyah is released on 19 Jul via Scotch Bonnet Records; Mungo's Hi Fi play a Knockengorroch warm up show at The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow, 23 May
KID_X, Tramway, Glasgow, 31 May and 1 Jun; Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, 20-25 Aug