Boomkat Product Review:
In classic UK ‘nuum style, L.R. Groove & Razzler Man’s Tribal Brothers speed up and mutate amapiano to deadly effect.
Where the 110bpm pace of original Amapiano is perfect for the climate of South Africa, it can tend to sound frustratingly slow when compared to the UK’s favoured 120-130bpm+ brackets. A matter of muscle memory, barometric pressure, or just what we’re used to, the likes of Tribal Brothers, Scratcha DVA, Cooly G and Roska’s Bakongo have all been instrumental in adapting SA sounds to UK, with the ‘Formation EP’ now hustling some of its most distinctive new hybrids.
Hitting right at the juncture of Ama and UKF, ‘Formation’ whisks the bass trills and log drums to a deadly lather urged on with martial snares, before ‘Pepper’ comes harder from he gqom angle with brooding pads and Zulu ululations galvanised at an aggier tilt with rangy wobbles nodding to UKG/bassline/dubstep. ‘Tribal Drums’ gets busier with the drums in a way echoing UKF’s early inspo from US deep house and West African traditions, while ‘Genesis’ is the most faithful to OG Ama pacing, but accenting the drums with ruder, acidic UK finesse.