Mr Bongo have a wealth of one-stop / easy clear tracks for sync. One of the most high-profile acts being the legendary and much sampled Incredible Bongo Band.

The brain child of film and record producer Michael Viner, the band were put together in 1972 to supplement the soundtrack to the B-Movie film The Thing With Two Heads. They went from a loose studio collective to an instrumental pop covers consortium, interpreting classics of the day in their own inimitable percussion-heavy fashion. Viner recorded ‘The Incredible Bongo Band’ at MGM studios during down time assembling line-ups from whoever was available at the time.

Mr Bongo controls all the masters on the rest of the album including covers of ‘Apache’, ‘Wipe Out’, ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction’, ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ and killer percussive tracks like ‘Let There Be Drums’ and ‘Bongolia’, along with the beautifully laid-back and much sampled ‘Okey Dokey’.

Mint Music Vol 101 : Protoje (Reggae / Hip Hop)

Protoje was one of the first of the new reggae artists to hit in Jamaica, and is often credited with setting the Reggae Revival in motion, but he started out in hip-hop and now seamlessly combines the two.

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The 33 year old comes from good stock : his mother is Jamaican singer Lorna Bennett, best known from her 1972 rendition of ‘Breakfast In Bed’ and his father’s a former calypso king from the island nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Having released his third album ‘Ancient Future’ on Mr Bongo Records last year, Protoje’s received much acclaim worldwide, with singles ‘Who Knows’ featuring Chronixx (21 million+ YouTube hits, 3 million Soundcloud streams and 270k+ Shazams, Radio 1 B-list + Radio 1Xtra A-list), ‘Love Gone Cold’ featuring Sevana (Radio 2 C listed + Radio 1 track of the day) and ‘Answer to your name’ (rinsed across Radio 1, Radio 2, and 1 Xtra).

With a headline US tour in June, Protoje will also play Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, and a number of other high profile festivals this year (including Coachella and Canada’s answer to Glastonbury – Pemberton Music Festival in Whistler).

Warner Records will be releasing the ‘Who Knows ShyFX Remix’ soon – so expect big things.

Mint Music Vol 83 : Mixtape #11

Welcome to mixtape #11. Featuring tracks lovingly currated from Mr Bongo, Perfect Songs, DefDisco and Peerfeaturing hip hop, body percussion, soul, house and indie pop, with ‘home’, ‘beauty’, ‘atmospheric’, ‘sports’, ‘growing up’ and ‘feel-good’ sync themes. 

Public Enemy | Scouting For Girls | Souls | Swim Deep | Malka | Fono | Barbatuques | Arches | Si Cranstoun | Lovestarrs (formerly The Good Natured) 

Tracklising :

(HIP HOP) Earthizen / Public Enemy
(SPORTS) Eyes on the Prize / Malka
(HOME) Home / Scouting For Girls
(GROWING UP) Forever Spaceman / Swim Deep
(ATMOSPHERIC) I Wait For You / Souls
(SOULFUL) Like It Like That / Si Cranstoun
(BEAUTY) Get Your Sexy On / Lovestarrs
(SEDUCTIVE) Real Joy (The Dealer Funk Remix)  / Fono
(BODY PERCUSSION) Valsa Manca / Barbatuques
(LOVE) New Love (radio edit) / Arches feat Karen Harding