Benjamin Muñoz // Anchors
New producer Benjamin Muñoz knows exactly what he’s setting out to achieve, with an e-mail from him boldly stating that his intention is to “coalesce the very different worlds I love; classical music, jazz, the UK underground and Japanese pop culture.”
That ambition is a good starting place, but what’s unbelievable is that he’s already achieved cultural cross pollination on debut track Anchors. Although tethered by gasping percussion and disembodied voices straight out of Burial’s Untrue, it forgoes the endless darkness of SW London, and is instead rendered weightless and fidgety like an early Mura Masa track. Add to that pianos reminiscent of a Nils Frahm interlude and a deft urgency and precision that he says was inspired by Japanese samurai and you’ve got a full house of totally esoteric influences.
It’s impressive enough that he’s already realised that vision, but what’s really noteworthy is that Anchors never feels suffocated by those lofty ambitions – instead, it’s musically stunning – a completely engrossing debut.