Boomkat Product Review:
Oooosh! Durban gqom trio Illumination Boiz hit double hard with a volley of urgent, bone-rattling missiles offset with blazing vocals and strapping EBM arps
Notably more gassed than many gqom cuts that we’ve heard, at least, Illumination Boiz use of vocals and rampant technoid bass really ratchet the levels on their ‘Illumination Order EP’. In key with the London label Hi-NRG’s name, they push the style to seething degrees between ‘Izandla Phezulu’, with its attention-grabbing vocals, and to incendiary effect with the muscular EBM-style bass arps and top line drama synced to signature gqom rhythms on ‘Men Down’ - we seriously cannot wait to see this one go off in a dance - while ‘E15 African Staps’ is all about the martial trills and whistles on a Zulu warfaring flex, and then that grinding 16th note arp and ascendent lead just zips it up another gear. It would be daft not to invest in this sort of artillery if you got a proper club to mash up.