Boomkat Product Review:
Gqom Oh! chart the roots and evolution of South Africa’s dark, viral club sound thru the productions of Citizen Boy and his Mafia Boyz crew
Pulling from pre-Gqom productions circa 2013, and reaching up to the stealthy developments of 2018’s ‘Dark City’, the collection spells out the range of a pioneering Gqom producer, taking in unmissable heat with his sleekly toned, vocal-lead zinger ‘Mzansi’, while highlighting a weird underlying link to Belgian New Beat in the chopped vox and slow, darkside push of ‘Woza’, and checking for thrilling new Gqom mutations in the super sparse touch of tabla-like percussion in ‘Teaspoon La Qoh’, and the quarter-step suss of ‘Hiasela’.
We hardly need to overstate it to Gqom fiends the world over, but ‘From Avoca Hills To The World’ is surely among the sound’s most vital releases to date. Expect to hear in a self-respecting club near you very soon.