AUDIOBOYZ : THE RISE OF GQOM [ Hypermedium ]

€10.00

Catalogue : Hypermedium / HMDM003
Format : 12", EP
Condition : New
Country : Greece

Released : 2017
Genre : Electronic, House

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A year after Danger, their debut EP on Blank Mind, Durban-based crew AudioBoyz join forces with Hypermedium to deliver another instalment in the growing chronicles of gqom, the darker deviant that grew out of South-African house and whose shockwave is still resonating across western dancefloors. In The Rise Of Gqom, AudioBoyz draw inspiration from the genre’s foundations, being confident about the value of the signature sound of the drum’n’drone aesthetic, utilizing a classic gqom formula that is elegantly finetuned to function according to the South-African ravers’ dance ceremonial: straightforward tracks, steady, yet playful percussion arrangements, vocal cut ups, uplifting keys, pressure drops and trance inducing momentums. Stripping down every track to the absolutely essentials, structured around successions of relentless climaxes and breakdowns, they manage to forge four action-packed cuts that leave no room for misinterpretations: these tracks are bound to become gqom epics.
African Conga begins with its crunchy bass to move further into the boys’ distinctive tricks of drum rolls and fills, moving up and down, speeding up and revolving around the track’s saturated sturdy kick, luminous keys and rave goodness. Short vocal samples play a key part in the overall darker ambience of Spotlight, whose unpretentious pads are mercilessly punched by rounds of vital tribal drumming. In Monster - perhaps the EP’s deepest, most ample track - rhythmic irregularities and siren-like sounds reverberate around a claustrophobic, dystopian backdrop. Drifting Away employs deep sweeping bass and swift vocal bits amalgamated with housey leads and the quintessential drone to produce an impressive track whose steady, hypnotic drive and bold energy display the crew’s aptitude to create nothing less than absolute bangers. Edgy and futuristic, The Rise Of Gqom is quite honest in its intention to make dancers drip with sweat.
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