For the past decade some of my favorite House music has come from the African continent, and things just continue to evolve. When I was hipped to the â€œGqomâ€ scene that’s been bubbling in Durban I was hooked. Gqom itself is a response and deconstruction of the clean, overproduced Deep House sound that dominates South Africa. The tunes are dark, minimal, and percussive â€”pretty much my trifecta of musical bliss.
The culture surrounding Gqom is very Internet driven. I actually stumbled upon kasimp3.co.za â€”the major node of the sceneâ€” while on a deep Google dig for new music. A quick search on the site for Durban producers such as Exception Boiz & Rude Boyz finds an almost endless bounty of music theyâ€™ve uploaded. Itâ€™s great to be alive in a time where artists have agency through networked societies.
Shortly after discovering the music I found a brilliant write-up on Stamp The Wax by Cape Town based producer/DJ, Jumping Back Slash. He also has a mix that is a great introduction to Gqom.