Boomkat Product Review:
Part of a trilogy of full-length gqom releases from Nyege Nyege sublabel Hakuna Kulala, "Izingoma zeGqomu" is the debut album from 25-year-old DJ Scriby, who uses next-level engineering skills to spice up his future-facing dancefloor productions.
While Scriby has been an important part of Durban's gqom scene since 2013, most of that time has been in a behind-the-scenes capacity, helping out artists like DJ Lag reach a global platform. He did find time to release some of his productions in 2017, putting together the ace Trax Couture-released "The Clermont EP" and showcasing his bass-heavy, hybrid gqom flair. "Izingoma zeGqomu" offers the next chapter in Scriby's story, and plots out a course for the developing gqom sound, routing it thru trap, ballroom, deep house and minimal techno without pausing for breath. Even relatively traditional gqom cinstructions are elevated: 'Goi' sets things off at a breakneck pace, disrupting the usual 4/4 flow with ragged grime-inspired snares and psychedelic synths, and 'Esheee!!!' rocks a "Psycho" synth stab while running thru whistles, woodblock clacks and booming sub-enhanced kicks.
'Friday 13th' is even more convincing; here Scriby strips the meat from gqom's bones, leaving a tuff minimal chug and peppering it with trap risers and reverberating blips. The producer is at his best when he's criss-crossing dance archetypes, like on 'Qumqum!!!' where he contorts trance synths, or 'Ouuu1' with its subtle rave drops and percussive, breathy voices. There's a stylistic coherence to Scribyb's productions that brings everything together with a familiar low-end throb and precision-tweaked percussion that puts "Izingoma zeGqomu" comfortably alongside Scratchclart's killer "DRMTRK" EPs. You know what to do.