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Berlin, Berlin, Germany | INDIE

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To the surprise of the entire music community, the 21 year old wunderkind from Rotterdam, Munchi, came out of nowhere, lacing tracks made in minutes on headphones and almost amateur software (Acid Pro). He has released his first EP on T&A records called, “Murda Sound,” which showcases a versatile spectrum of songs and a striking blend of styles. With sirens, chopped vocals, dubstep bass, and a huge club beat, the “Murda Sound” track, itself, is a Freddy Kruger nightmare chase through West Baltimore. (words by Cary Dickenson) - Cary Dickenson


To the surprise of the entire music community, the 21 year old wunderkind from Rotterdam, Munchi, came out of nowhere, lacing tracks made in minutes on headphones and almost amateur software (Acid Pro). He has released his first EP on T&A records called, “Murda Sound,” which showcases a versatile spectrum of songs and a striking blend of styles. With sirens, chopped vocals, dubstep bass, and a huge club beat, the “Murda Sound” track, itself, is a Freddy Kruger nightmare chase through West Baltimore. (words by Cary Dickenson) - Cary Dickenson


When Dave Nada slowed down some Dutch house tracks to reggaeton speed and stumbled across a new sound that he eventually called moombahton, he had no idea that half a world away, a 21-year-old Dominican producer living in Holland would be inspired to take the sound to the next level. Munchi was already a music freak who'd spent years obsessing over reggaeton, not to mention bachata, Baltimore club, kuduro, baile funk, bubbling, breakcore, dubstep, and a litany of other sounds, but his Moombahton Promo EP and the seemingly endless stream of releases and tracks that has followed, most notably his bonkers remix of Datsik's "Firepower," all of which are available as free downloads, has offered some of the nascent genre's first truly original work.
- xlr8r


Swaggering dancefloor wickedness from Rotterdam's Munchi for Tittsworth's T&A imprint. Some real heavyweight tracks in here, fusing all manner of club sounds from Bubblin' to R&B, Kuduro and B-More in one deadly dope sound. The original 'Shottas' works on an enhanced Bashment House wine with acute injection of Bubblin' syncopation, beefed up in the Club edit, while 'Tomma Essa Porra' hits up a spiky Reggaeton/Kuduro sound with pointillist snares and chest caving kicks. 'Murda Sound' meanwhile goes on a heavy fusion of B-More, Electro House synths and rinsing chops. On a slower tip, 'Hope' sounds like a Joy Orbison track played at 33 instead of 45 and the excellent 'Madre, No Llores' drifts into R&B hyperspace tracked by cold radar bleeps and Burial-esque vocals. Killer. Boomkat

- Boomkat


In the spring of 2010, an unknown kid from the Netherlands named Munchi sent Dave Nada a handful of Moombahton tracks, which he passed around to his friends. Since then, Munchi has gone from being a few DJs' best kept secret to a highly sought-after producer. He's been cranking out monthly promo EPs all year, and when Tittsworth and I reached out to him about doing an EP on T&A, he sent us everything from Baltimore Club, Kuduro, Baile Funk and Cumbia to House, Breakcore and deep Dubstep. But genre labels do Munchi a disservice, as every track combines elements from different styles and influences. A Dominican kid living in Rotterdam, he has been making reggaeton with Dutch influences since way before Dave coined Moombahton, and all sorts of weird shit before "Tropical" became a blanket term for the global bass movement. Simply put, he's our favorite new producer and his tracks are fucking insane. Dirty South Joe agrees, so he whipped up a live mix of Munchi favorites, including a bunch of tracks off Munchi's "Murda Sound" EP (out Nov 2) and as-yet untitled album coming on T&A this winter.

http://www.tandarecords.com - T&A Records


IF you are unfamiliar with the new innovative sound of Moombahton. Please do your research now. (Moombahton – wikipedia) Rotterdam, Netherlands producer Munchi is doing his best to help spread the word of this new genre of music as well as help pioneer it into new directions as this genre is not yet a year in age. Moombahton is moving so fast it is hard to even keep up. Producer Munchi has complied a “Past” and “Future” compilation of some of the first tracks that came around to help push the new genre, as well as a “Future” compilation of songs Munchi has picked out to showcase directions the fast moving genre is heading towards. - Pickster One


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. - Lenins Tomb


Discography

Verano Del Moombahton [2011]
Rotterdam Juke EP [2011]
Murda Sound (T&A Records) (2010)
Moombahton Promo [2010]
Baltimore Promo 2.0/2.1 + B-More Dub (Munchi VIP) [2010]
Baile Funk Promo [2010]
Baltimore Club Promo [2009]
Dubstep Promo [2009]

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Munchis tireless work as a producer has made him the king of moombahton, one of the youngest sounds to emerge from the American underground. From his studio in Rotterdam, he mixes his Latin roots with a musical interest that crosses all frontiers, and which takes in kuduro, cumbia, slices of a capella, Caribbean riddims, upfront dirty south and everything else he takes a fancy to. With that sort of approach, it is no surprise that MIA and Diplo took an interest in his skills and invited him to work and play with them. Something strong and fresh to stimulate the appetite before M.I.A. (his special guest on "Murda Sound"). (from Sonar http://2011.sonar.es/en/artistes/munchi_318.html)

This year Munchi performs at many festivals: Sonar Barcelona (Spain), Sonar La Corua (Spain), Roskilde (Denmark), Fusion (Germany), Mundial (The Netherlands), Sfinks (Belgium), Womex official showcase (Denmark).