First Listen: Emo Kid feat. WorstHood – ‘Hennessy’ (Gqom Oh!)

Birthed in the townships of Durban, South Africa, Gqom has burst into international consciousness this past year. An off-shoot of South African house, Gqom also shares similarities with grime and UK funky, with young producers utilising a DIY approach to forge a sound that holds a stripped-back percussive palette, rattling kicks and little in the way of melody. Gqom Oh! is a label headed by Nan Kolè, the man behind the Soupu Music imprint, and a long time supporter of contemporary African music. The label’s first release saw Durban producers remix popular songs from the likes of Adele and A$AP Ferg, and within the same year was nominated for label of the year in the Hyponik awards.

Their latest release, the Gqom Oh! X Crudo Volta Mixtape, is a collaboration with Crudo Volta – a young Rome-based collective who focus on visual curation and DJ culture. The mixtape also soundtracks the upcoming Woza Taxi documentary, which was created whilst Nan Kolè was in Durban visiting his artists and their families. You’ll be treated to 14 tracks that showcase new music from Durban, and today we’re premiering Emo Kid and WorstHood’s rugged cut ‘Hennessy’, a fierce jumble of sound that cycles rumbling bass and lethal percussion. Listen below…

Gqom Oh! X Crudo Volta Mixtape is out 18th July. Pre-order it here alongside a tape, t-shirt and mini tabloid.

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