Gqom is a style of bass music that has grown out of the townships of Durban, South Africa. As far as we can tell, Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban Vol. 1 is virtually the first time an audience from outside the area has been properly exposed to these ferocious sounds, laden with polyphonic rhythms and cutting basslines. Exciting stuff...
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Had someone asked me three weeks ago what I thought Gqom was, I probably would have assumed it was the latest internet available legal high the kids are all getting buzzed up on. I would have of course been wrong. Turns out a short distance from the beautiful sandy beaches of Durban --the coastal city in Eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, in the townships and suburbs, young producers are creating a vibrant new sound in electronic dance music.
This compilation is the first ever showcase of this fresh and exciting new music - which in some ways could be seen as Kwaito’s evil twin. Gqom is essentially dark techno music that channels the tension of the area's troubled history, propelled by polyrhythms rooted in African tradition while also containing traces of everything from Grime, UK Funky, bass music etc. There’s a frantic sense of urgency to the sound that gives me the vibe of when raving felt like you were dancing for a better tomorrow. For example protesting against the ridiculous Criminal Justice Bill which threatened everyone in the UK’s freedom to dance. This sort of “riot music” has a lineage through dance music that can be traced through Underground Resistance’s 1991 ‘Riot EP’ AFX’s Caustic Window material up to recent productions like Perc’s ‘Gob’.
Across two slabs of wax we get fifteen menacing, funked up dark rollers from Dominowe, Dj Mabheko, Emo Kid & Dj Bradolz, Citizen Boy, Cruel Boyz, Formation Boyz etc. The gatefold 2LP comes with a poster and includes a download code for the full album plus four bonus tracks.
Easily one of the most thrilling developments in global underground dance music in some time and not a duff track on here. If you’ve a penchant for darker strains of electronic music and also enjoy shaking your ass - hand on heart, I can’t recommend this highly enough.
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