Take in some dark South African House from the townships of Durban.
Gqom (or Gqomu or Igqom) is the raw, relentless strain of House that is ubiquitous throughout the townships of Durban, South Africa. It is described as ‘THE music in Durban’ – booming from taxis, shopping malls and makeshift clubs, the uncompromising sound and minimal arrangements make for music strictly designed for the dance. Rudeboyz are Durban trio Massive Q, Andile-T and Menchess and are set to release their ‘Rudeboyz EP’ next week via London Grime upstarts Goon Club Allstars, who’ve previously brought us acclaimed EPs from MssingNo and Moleskin. The record has been in the making for quite some time, mainly due to the digital infrastructure in Durban, with the local internet connection described as ‘woeful’ – consequently a number of their tracks will be released at a lower bit rate.
‘Rudeboyz EP’ is set to drop this Monday (18th May 2015), but in the meantime we have an exclusive download from their vast arsenal of tracks. ‘Japanese Sax’ starts with ominous subs and thrusting percussion – the rhythmic repetitiveness is almost hypnotising, before the track opens up halfway into scattering euphoric synth leads before dropping us back into the unforgiving pulse that is typical of Gqom’s dancefloor centric sensibilities. It’s easy to see why Gqom has been dropped consistently in DJ sets by Moleskin in the past year – it’s perfect club music.
Unfortunately, Rudeboyz recently had all of their equipment stolen from their studio in Durban, so the good folks at Goon Club are hosting a fundraiser this Friday at The Waiting Room, with all proceeds going to help the Rudeboyz get back on their feet.