DJ Lag Shares a Bumping New Track, "Asphakamanga"

Durban producer DJ Lag today shared a new track in which he remixes DJ Athie’s “Asphakamanga,” taking the original’s vocal and placing it atop his own bumping instrumental. Listen to it below.

Along with artists such as the Rudeboyz crew and DJ Twitt, DJ Lag is considered to be at the forefront of the Gqom genre, a strain of club music native to Durban, South Africa, that is dark, bass-heavy, and frenetic. Back in November, he released his eponymous debut EP on London’s Goon Club Allstars imprint, which included what THUMP described as the “disorienting and deadly” cut “Umlilo.”

Stream “Asphakamanga” below and catch DJ Lag on New York’s The Lot Radio from 4–6 PM EST, and at Knockdown Center in Queens tonight.

Check Out A Dark And Disorientating New Track By Gqom Legend DJ Lag

Formed in 2013 by Moleskin, DJ Game, and DJ Name, London’s Goon Club Allstars imprint has become one of the most cherished in the club music scene, and having clocked up releases by the likes of MssingNo, Rudeboyz, and Gundam, it’s not hard to see why. If you like your club-orientated sounds forward-thinking then you’ll have probably picked all the 12″s up already.

Next month sees the crew dropping some serious South African heat courtesy of gqom main man DJ Lag. The Durban-based producer’s eponymous EPwhich arrives on the November 11is a fast and furious four tracker that shows just why Lag’s so revered in the scene.

This afternoon we’re letting you have an exclusive listen to the disorientating and deadly “Umlilo” which you can hear below. Clocking in at nearly seven minutes, it’s a seriously dark thing, all clanks and rumbles, ghostly hisses and heavyweight percussive thwacks. The rest of the EP’s just as good so make sure you save that pocket money and are ready to splurge in a fortnight’s time.

The DJ Lag EP drops on November 11th via Goon Club Allstars. Pre-order it here.

Check Out A Dark And Disorientating New Track By Gqom Legend DJ Lag

Formed in 2013 by Moleskin, DJ Game, and DJ Name, London’s Goon Club Allstars imprint has become one of the most cherished in the club music scene, and having clocked up releases by the likes of MssingNo, Rudeboyz, and Gundam, it’s not hard to see why. If you like your club-orientated sounds forward-thinking then you’ll have probably picked all the 12″s up already.

Next month sees the crew dropping some serious South African heat courtesy of gqom main man DJ Lag. The Durban-based producer’s eponymous EPwhich arrives on the November 11is a fast and furious four tracker that shows just why Lag’s so revered in the scene.

This afternoon we’re letting you have an exclusive listen to the disorientating and deadly “Umlilo” which you can hear below. Clocking in at nearly seven minutes, it’s a seriously dark thing, all clanks and rumbles, ghostly hisses and heavyweight percussive thwacks. The rest of the EP’s just as good so make sure you save that pocket money and are ready to splurge in a fortnight’s time.

The DJ Lag EP drops on November 11th via Goon Club Allstars. Pre-order it here.

Durban's TLC Fam Return To Gqom Oh! With Slinkily Cavorting Track, "No 2 Beef (Slima)"

Album art courtesy of the label

Durban production team, TLC Fam, has shared their slow-burning contribution to the forthcoming Gqom Oh! label mixtape co-presented with Italian curatorial collective Crudo Volta. “No 2 BeeF (slima)” finds the group braiding together a series of syncopated vocal samples, juxtaposing their cavorting interplay with a slinkily sinking bottom end; somehow, the results are agile and sluggish at the same time, and the result has its own disorienting buzz, to be sure.

The record doubles as the soundtrack for Woza Taxi, a documentary label founder from Nan Kol made visiting the artists he’s worked with in Durban and their families in April. In the film, gqom producer Mawbestana from the Forgotten Souls project (who also feature on the compilation) speaks about the scene’s mentality towards creating music with limited means.”Everyone thinks we have a mega studio with huge speakers but we are just ‘Hlanganisa,’a zulu word literally translated as ‘putting together,'” he said. “This refers to creating something out of the few elements available to you…just like when you scrap the bottom of a pan to get some food out of it.”

Gqom Oh! x Crudo Volta Mixtape will be out on July 25 and is available for preorder on Bandcamp.

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