Boomkat Product Review:
Key Gqom pioneer Dominowe hits hard and precise on his most substantial pak of bangers since debuting in 2017 with the first solo artist EP on Gqom Oh!
Star of the primer compilation ‘Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban Vol.1’ and featured in Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project, Dominowe has become one of the the leading emissaries for Durban’s sought-after sound over the past half decade and more. On ‘Umthakathi’ he defines the sound at its most upfront for 2022, hustling some of the nastiest, fiercely disciplined club tackle on road right now, recalibrating the cogs of Gqom to a broken toothed snarl and come-dance-with-me parry.
The eight tracks see Durban’s finest ramp the sound design levels and nagging rhythmic intricacies of his take on taxi techno tonkers with later sharp vision. From the the howling air raid sirens and feral atmospheres of ‘Blu Ritual’ to the martial swag and zipping metallic streaks of ‘Zulu In War’, it’s all super strong material, enacting more playful dancefloor voodoo with the plucky licks of ‘Vector (Club Mix)’, and delivering drilling bass trills on ‘Rah (Core Gqom)’, while ‘Seth (Broken Shandies)’ swangs out hard with pinging electroid percussion, ‘Woza’ goes hardest in a vein shared with Scratchclart’s UKGqom mutations, and ‘Amun’ lends a classy variant of latinate guitars.