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Scotch Bonnet Presents Puffers Choice III
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LP

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SCOB 013LP SCOB 013LP
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RELEASE DATE
1/22/2021

For over two decades, Glasgow's Mungo's Hi Fi and their label Scotch Bonnet have spread their fun, forward-thinking reggae music around the world. And this ethos is triple-distilled into their now eagerly-awaited Puffers Choice compilations. The album begins with "Heavenz" by Norwich-based producers Chief Rockas, featuring the hypnotic flow of Jamaican-born emcee Mr Williamz, over a smoking "re-lick" of the famous "Heavenless" rhythm. It's followed by the soulful voice of Ireland's Cian Finn, singing traditional Celtic song "Go Lassie" on a sparse, dubby Mungo's backing. This track was previously released on Mungo's offshoot imprint Dumbarton Rock which quickly sold out. The pastoral becomes the political as US-born, Wales-based crooner Jeb Loy Nichols gently reminds the world that "To Be Rich (Should Be A Crime)", produced by legendary dubbist Adrian Sherwood. Scotch Bonnet crew member Stalawa draws on the African excursions that yielded 2019's acclaimed Stalawa In East Africa EP. "Rather Be Alone", featuring Kenya's "First Lady of hip hop and reggae" Nazizi, is the next cut to Ease Up the Pressure by Jamaica's Delroy Melody and Uganda's C Wyne. Swedish production unit Viktorious revive "Hotstepper", a lost lyric from Jamaican veteran Earl Cunningham. It was an unreleased artifact from a 1980s sound system cassette that deserves a wider audience. The digital sounds that rose in the '80s continue with "Crucial" by Swiss producer Bony Fly and New York vocalist JonnyGo Figure --whose style reminded Mungo's of another NYC legend, Shinehead. Next is the first ever vinyl release of Interrupt's "Lyrics Spree", a family affair involving three generations of British lyricists Parly B, Daddy Freddy, and Tippa Irie with Interrupt. Also getting a first release on wax is hard-puffing, all Jamaican dancehall affair "BBS", featuring Shokryme and RTKal and produced by experimental Kingston collective, Equiknoxx. At the other end of the scale, musically and geographically, is "Weak Hearts", a haunting, mechanical soundscape from New Zealand dubstep project Flying Fox. Its sparing, sampled vocal contrasts with the loud and clear anti-racist lyricism of "Black", chanted by Jamaican sing-jay Skari over a deliberately unobtrusive backdrop from Belgium's INT DUB. Mungo's Hi Fi themselves make a reappearance on the flipside with hymn to solitude, "In My Zone", by Bristol emcee Gardna and singer Charli Brix. The album's final port of call is "Sailor West" by Cumbrian dubstep producer Somah and ethereal Edinburgh-based singer Nem.