Boomkat Product Review:
Ruthless, hi-NRG Dominican Mambo badness from scene legend Munchi, made circa 2008-2010 and absorbing sounds with a journalistic hunger for storytelling and contextual deconstruction that takes in elements from reggaeton and baile funk to Dutch bubbling and Chicago juke - bending moombahton into breakcore and curving bachata and merengue into something altogether new. Blogger and musicologist Wayne Marshall even coined a separate genre for Munchi's diverse spread of genre-agnostic productions back in 2010: Munchiton. Since then, Munchi has worked with M.I.A. and Pharell Williams among others, and remixed everyone from Skrillex to Nguzunguzu, Noisia to Buraka.
‘I Love Mambo’ was put together in 2010 for Dave Quam's notorious It's After The End Of The World blog and was Munchi's first proper mixtape, matching a handful of his own productions with tracks from the Dominican Mambo canon that had evolved throughout the 2000s. It showcases the febrile sound of Dominican Mambo at a crest of its rudely incendiary powers, emerging from merengue styles via stripped down productions made on FruityLoops, running at a 180bpm gallop akin to Caribbean soca, Portuguese batida, Tanzanian singeli or DJ Chengz’ St. Lucian Kuduro, for example, with an unbridled NRG that’s deadly in the club.
Munchi seems constantly aware of things existing in the same continuum, pulling connecting threads between Dutch bubbling and bassline womps on 'Luis Esta Seguroski VIP', and mind-altering 'Percolator' trills on the hypnotic 'Ayoba Mambo’, summing up the sound with a restive hour of pure velocity and attack tempered by the cross-rhythms of the MCs, holding his line with breathless parade of plaggy pianos, rattling snares, blazing horns and tonking kicks that know no chill.
For the DJs, it gets even better with his OG productions included on the tape, queezing off a full clip of madness between ‘Damu Mambo’ with its orchestral stabs and incessant one note piano jab, the detuned toy piano plonk of ‘Que Maldito Disco’, and wild donk mutation ‘Luis Esta Seguroski VIP’, or the footwork-adjacent trills and flickers of ‘Klk Frutilu’ with its surprise tempo drop primed for the canny DJs. Fire.