Boomkat Product Review:
Sickest drop of darkside Gqom house outta modern day South Africa! Featuring trax by Citizen Boy, Mafiaboyz and Cruel Boyz all specially mastered for vinyl. 'Gqom Oh! - The Sound of Durban' marks a step up in terms of fidelity for a sound which was previously only available as low bitrate downloads via the kasimp3 server (we urge you to go hunt that site!). Essentially it's a drier, darker, skeletal antecedent to Kwaito, the style espoused by DJ Mujava et al, tending to use bilious low end drones, parched drums, and gasps-as-percussion inna Kraftwerkian fashion - something like techno for a club sequence in a Neil Blomkamp flick. Ahead of a full 2LP collection, this scene sampler 12" introduces us to Citizen Boy with the drugged swagger of 'Hometown Glory (Gqomu Remake)', and to Mafiaboyz with their crack'd killer, 'Shabba (704 Gqomu Remake)' on the A-side, and then turns attentions to the outstanding B-side of Cruel Boyz' sprawling 'Touch It', replete with killer hip hop halfstep breakdowns. Huge tip!