Boomkat Product Review:
Mungo’s Hi Fi are at the controls delivering their latest productions featuring megatons of talent from a dream lineup of MCs 'Forward Ever’ is a distilled concoction of soundsystem smashers, capturing spontaneous moments from live sessions and taking them fresh into the studio The album kicks off with the late great Sugar Minott’s dubplate intro in a ‘Scrubadub Style’ on Mungo’s Greetings riddim, recorded3 shortly before the legend’s passing. Then comes an ode to diversity in the shape of ‘Everyman Different’ with Rasta Pacey covering Errol Dunkley’s hit, treating it to a massive rolling bassline. The tempo speeds up when Charlie P takes the mic and rips it up with his infectious ‘Skidip’ on a pumping version of Billy Jean. Then it’s lyrics time as Mr Williamz fires out ‘Computer Age’, talking about the advance of technology. You are guaranteed to have at least your head nodding by this point, and then it goes next level with Kenny Knots stonking ‘Gimme Gimme’ on Mungo’s Bogle riddim, bringing up the vibes with appeals for more love. This drops into a digital groove as Pupa Jim’s poignant ‘Boat People’ reminds us of the contemporary realities of inequality and injustice. Anger at comfortable complacency grows when YT is moved to ‘Scream’ about the situation over Mungo’s Bad From riddim, and the Babylon-beating steps up as Omar Perry confirms that ‘Dem No Like It’. Soom T brings things back to a personal level with her tale of a ‘Bad Bad Boy’ over an updated ska riddim before we settle in to a ‘New York Boogie’ with Ranking Levy’s laidback foundation DJ style. Zeb And Scotty bring more oldschool dancehall vibes as they invite us to ‘Warm Up’ and the digital reggae sounds continue with Biga Ranx and his evocation of soundsystem culture ‘Session Pon Top’. Then Soom T is back with machine gun lyrics challenging MCs to test the ‘Soundboy Police’ which drops big time as Mr Williamz returns to present ‘Musically Mad’ over the fattest bassline yet. The session is rounded off with a ganja anthem in the shape of ‘High Grade’ featuring Gentleman’s Dub Club building to a two tone mosh pit crescendo."