Boomkat Product Review:
Frrresshhh outta Durban, South Africa, Rudeboyz deliver the first properly administered dose of Gqom heard outside their country. Sounding something like Kwaito made for baddies in a Neil Blomkamp flick, it's a darqer strain of SA house defined by hollow drums (Gqom is Zulu for "bang" or "hit") and weightless yet heavily-impending atmospheres comparable with current Logos and Mumdance designs. Our perception of the "weightless" bit may be attributable to the low bitrates the tunes are distributed in via sites such as Kasimp3 (there's a chuffload of 128kbps gear on there, run go check!), lending a sort of intangible dread that doesn't shock with dynamic but, rather, plays devil with tension and atmosphere while the drums and percussive stabs channel darkest, slinkiest energy. Now, thanks to the perseverance of Rudeboyz and Goon Club Allstars with the pitiful bandwidth of Durban internet, they've picked out and properly mastered four numbers that were already local anthems in 2013, and are now set for big things in the Northern hemisphere's summer '15, from the crooked swing and jack of 'Get Down' to the shades-on night-flights of 'Mercedes Song' or 'Mitsubishi Song', and the gasping, febrile swagger of 'Sambuka Dance'. Big TIP!