Covering music on the leading edge is hard work. Between filtering through recommendations by artbiters of culture and unearthing new sounds and styles by happenstance, there are plenty of ways to go out about it. However, it usually isn’t delivered fully-formed, swaddled like an infant on the stoop of an orphanage. But with the discovery of Munchi, that’s what it feels like.
Munchi, the Dominican in Rotterdam, nearly as synonymous with moombahton as Dave Nada, has arrived. But like TGRI’s Artist of the Year, it’s clear that Munchi is far more than a producer of one style, and his debut EP, Murda Sound, proves that beyond the shadow of a doubt.
Murda Sound is a six song EP, released today on T&A Records. Throughout, Munchi’s range of influence (hinted at on his various moombahton releases) is even more impressive than expected.
The EP kicks off with the electro-dancehall of “Shottas” (featuring Mr. Lexx) and it’s club edit, propelled by an uneven, syncopated beat and the ubiquitous toast “wake up and tell the people.”
“Toma Essa Pora” is a Baltimore club meets baile funk banger, with chopped up samples that are juke-like in their intensity and urgency. The song even includes the oft-sample “Darkest Light” by the Lafayette Afro Rock Band (ed. note: thanks to Cam Jus for identifying this).
The club fest continues on the title track, which lives up to it’s name. The song starts with the mind-shattering take on club that we’ve heard from Nadastrom and Steve Starks. But halfway through, things get much more intense, with B-more breaks and some sinister bass blasts. This is probably the darkest, most futuristic take on club since Dave Nada’s “Apocalypse Theme.”
The back-end of the EP finds Munchi flexing his mellow side. “Hope” is a down-tempo R&B groove that devolves into smoothbahton, again, with a vocal sample reminiscent of juke. “Madre, no llores” is some purple dubstep that might actually bring a tear to your eye.
Munchi is a jack of all trades, and master of all. Murda Sound is the first proper look at a producer ready to make moombahton and dancehall, club and dubstep all his own. Throughout, Munchi’s trademark whistle sample announces his arrival like “The Farmer in the Dell” announced Omar on The Wire. And while Omar went after drug dealers, Munchi’s coming for other producers. My advice for them? “You come at the king, you best not miss.”
FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS.