No stranger to the music scene, Julian Munro aka KAIXEN hails from a musical family and trained as a contemporary jazz guitarist, playing in various bands in the past. He forfeited a full economics major scholarship in order to pursue his music career – a decision he must be glad to have made.
He has received substantial support from tastemaker publications such as BBC 1xtra’s Jamz Supernova, Majestic Casual, The Fader, Run The Trap, Clash, and Indie Shuffle among others. Rightfully so as he has shared stages with the likes of Crywolf, Sango and Tim Gunter opening for Joan Jett and Two Door Cinema Club and headlining at the 2016 III Points Music Festival and Okeechobee Music Festival.
He now releases his new album. Entitled Pecado meaning “sin” in Spanish and Portuguese, the name perfectly sums up the hypnotic and tempting nature of the album. The self-produced record features collaborations with experimental hip hop and R&B artists such as Twelve’Len, MRKI, Austin Paul, Christian Rivero, The Loft, Savannah Cristina, Dvwez & Native Youth and Silk Matthews.
His previously released singles off the album were ‘In Private’ and ‘Brand New’ telling stories of love and lust while reflecting on personal affairs. Similarly is ‘Wasting Time’ featuring Dvwez & Native Youth. More laid back than the previous two tracks, the sax-tainted song is a duet between the two vocalists in which Native Youth takes the lead.
KAIXEN had this to say about Pecado: “I hear everything a certain way and have an exact feel of how I want things to be. This whole album was really inspired by growth, but growth in doing things we know are wrong. I feel like life tests you, you can make the worst decisions in a given situation and it can stunt or catapult your growth.”
1 – What You Think ft. Silk Matthews
2 – Just Like You ft. Austin Paul
3 – Locking Eyes ft. Cristian Rivero
4 – Brand New ft. Twelve’Len
5 – Wasting Time ft. Dvwez & Native Youth
6 – Through You
7 – Unfamiliar Energy ft. Savannah Cristina
8 – Survive ft. The Loft
9 – In private ft. MRKI
10 – Constellation In The Sky
11 – Run Away