Netherlands-based DJ Munchi is giving his early work a fresh release. His experimental mambo double opus I Love Mambo Mixtape + Mambo Detonao EP is packed with unreleased material, out December 2nd via Nyege Nyege Tapes.
“Who the fuck is this dude? Where is he from? He’s from the Dominican Republic, and he has graced us with tracks from his homeland, as well as his own creations, proving once again that he’s someone to think about in this whole mess. So proud to present Mr Munchi into the mix”. Even American DJ, digger, and It’s After The End of The World writer David Quam couldn’t exactly pinpoint what defines Munchi. Popping up randomly on MySpace, on blogs, or in person behind turntables, the Netherlands-based Dj and producer is quite the mysterious act. His work has infiltrated many scenes, from underground to mainstream, as he recently worked with the likes of M.I.A and Skrillex. But still, his early work experimenting with moombahton and other niche genres can be hard to find.
However, in October 2010, this musical innovator unveiled on Quam’s site the I Love Mambo Mixtape, a one-hour curiosity of Dominican mambo with a spin. The mix takes on the frantic rhythms of the Caribbean and infuses it with raunchy reggaeton vocals and the artificial touch of daw-generated accents, topped with impeccable transitions for a one-of-a-kind result. Twelve years later, Nyege Nyege Tapes and Munchi himself dug into his archives and the I Love Mambo Mixtape is getting a new release.
The release will take the shape of a double opus including new material from the genre-bending DJ: I Love Mambo Mixtape + Mambo Detonao EP. The second part, an unheard-of extended play, “is a collection of unreleased material recorded in Rotterdam between 2008 and 2010, and is among the most experimental, minimal and uptempo material Munchi has put his name to. Here he purposefully approximates the kind of jerky, plasticated speed dance that used to dominate the Dominican scene, offering his own spin on the mambo sound. Each track is unsettlingly clean, assembled from detuned toybox pianos, radio sting voices and cheap, groggy horns”. Early fans and newcomers will get to enjoy Munchi’s early creations via Nyege Nyege Tapes on December 2nd.