Boomkat Product Review:
Killlllah Durban taxi techno from scene pioneers, AudioBoyz: cut fresh off the block for the Athens-based Hypermedium following their 1st release by Evol and a sorely overlooked split between N.M.O.’s (Ruben) Patiño and No God Ritual - alias of the very talented Timos Alexandropoulos.
At the epicentre of the Durban, SA scene, AudioBoyz have been instrumental in developing Gqom from an offshoot of Kwaito into a dark dancefloor force to be reckoned with across the globe, their ruggedly stripped tackle turning up regularly in Kode 9 and Moleskin DJ sets and steadily infecting the underground thousands of miles beyond the home in the KwaZulu-Natal region.
With stacks of AudioBoyz tracks available on the kasimp3 hub, Rise of Gqom is their 2nd release for a European label after the Danger 12” with Blank Mind, and follows recent aces by DJ Lag and TLC Fam to keep everyone in the northern hemisphere up to date with the Gqom scene’s development.
Thanks to a firm mastering job by Thomas P. Heckmann, these four new cuts are some of the strongest Gqom we’ve heard - tilting in with the signature nag and hip-tocking lock of African Conga, subtly lit with layered pads and vocal idents, but still rude AF, before really going inside the rhythmic mechanics in the filigree percussions of Spotlight, then coming off like some PCP techno gone deep forward in the fiercely controlled cold rush of Monster, while properly tending to the bottom end in the sparsely deployed, gut-socking sub hits of Drifting Away.
No denying it. This is 10/10 darkside dancefloor material. U know what to do!