Boomkat Product Review:
Proper UK ama pressure by East London’s Mr. Taffa (fka Funky Taffa) on DJ Supa’s stronghold
A DJ since the early 2000s, when he also started producing house and UKG, Mr Taffa makes the natural transition to South African amapiano with a UK twist in three tight tunes on the ‘Diablo EP’. Where the OG sound tends to balance the rude heft of log drums and those killer stumbling basslines with soulful vocals and melodies, Taffa’s style is symptomatic of UK mutations biased to ama’s darkside. The spare, bare-bones drums and tense synth vibes of ‘Diablo’ feel like a squashed echo of early ‘00s neuro D&B rolige, whereas ‘Double Impact’ eazes off slightly with atmospheric vocal motifs and brings the drums up in the mix, and ‘Lombada’ more explicitly hybridizes amapiano and gqom in his darkest concentration of this flavour.