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.

Teki Latex's Latest 'Bérite Club Music' Mix Is A Manifesto For A New French Revolution

This post ran originally on THUMP UK.

Few things in life are finer than settling down with another Teki Latex mix-masterpiece. The Sound Pellegrino co-founder’s been a longtime favourite of ours on THUMP, and for good reason: very few people on earth can do what the Parisian people’s champ does with a pair of CDJs and a couple of USBs. As a DJ he’s become renowned for his invigorating approach to the artform, a technical wizard who never forgets that dance music is made for, well, dancing.

On last year’s utterly absurd 100% Radio Hits(THUMP’s number two mix of 2016), the former TTC member proclaimed himself to be “the king of the blend,” and we’re more than happy to watch him astride the throne all day long. Like any DJ worth their salt Latex is fully conversant in mood, always aware of where to take a crowd and when to do it. His latest triumph, which you can stream below, sees him playing things relatively straight. Well, straight by Teki standards anyway.

In an age where a million mixes flood the perma-scrolling timelines of all and sundry, and everyone with a cracked copy of Serato and a few YouTube rips can upload a solid hour of trudging tech-house to an uncaring audience of practically no one, a mix really needs to say something of note to stand out. Brite Club Music is more than a mixit’s a manifesto for a new approach to what club music is and what it does.

Born out of music made by young producers Latex met through his Overdrive Infinity sessionsweekly DJ sets broadcast from a studio in ParisBrite Club Music sees the selector working towards a new kind of French club music. The artists he’s assembled and the work they produce are reflective of the variety of influences that zip through contemporary French culture in the 21st century; a generation of artists who consume everything from Afrotrap to Baltimore house, ballroom to kuduro, gqom to grime, creating a new future built on the constant re-contextualization of the past.

Latex’s early meetings with some of the producers featured on the tape took place at the aforementioned studio. Tragedy struck when a gas leak led to a massive explosion in the building next door to the studio. The damage was so severe that Overdrive Infinity and several other projects based there had to be terminated. This disadvantage only spurred them on to produce something concrete, to reshape their cultural reality.

“We no longer had a place to meet regularly but that idea of a new French sound kept flourishing, becoming more and more concrete as we all kept getting together at club nights and whatnot,” Latex says. “Towards the end of 2016 the first Brite Club music tracks (named after Rue de Brite in honor of the street of the defunct studio) started appearing and being played at small club nights, and just like that a movement was born.”

The result is a thrilling call to arms, a melange of pretty much everything exciting about club music in the last decade or so, an unabashedly propulsive piece of work that’s laying down a blueprint for what the futurein the right handscould sound like if we give it the chance. A new mix from Teki Latex is always a very, very special occasion, and Brite Club Music is another sensational addition to the master’s immense back catalogue. Latex and his cohorts are ushering in a new era in French club culture, and we’re incredibly excited to see where they go from here.

Tracklist:

Molar – Bouca
De Grandi – 94120 Groove
MHD x OK Lou – Champions League Defeat (Detente Blend)
Aero Manyelo – Yoh
DJ Gregory & Africanism – Block Party
Sylvere – Emergency Call
Maddslinky – Compuphonic (Le Dom edit)
DJ Gregory, Sidney Samson & Dama S – Dama S Salon (Dub)
Bambounou – Dogon
De Grandi – BYE
L-Vis1990 – Ballad 4D (Sylvere edit)
Sunareht – Hyul 10
De Grandi – Cloud
Detente – Generation Assassin (refix)
Franko – Coller la petite
DJ Shoe – Poing
Le Dom – ???
ZaZa TWiNS – CouPer DCaler-OCTOBER 2008
French Fries – Senta (Bambounou remix)
Things With Wings – Yoruba Lesson
Sunareht – Main Sequence
Frquences Fortes – Toi je sais pas si j’te brite
Superficie – Cerol
Images – Les Dmons De Minuit (Le Dom refix)
Gradur – Oblah ft. MHD & Nyda (Retina Set edit)
Zini – Sirenzz
Feadz & Douster – DJ Quik’s Hair
Le Dom – Stamina
Modjo – Lady (Frequences Fortes raw chops and loops edit)
De Grandi – Sharp
Clubkelly – UDDS
DJJ – hard rum track
Martel Ferdan – Luz
De Grandi – Plans (le Dom edit)
The Phantom – Gothic (De Grandi edit)
De Grandi – Sapristi !
Maahlox Le Vibeur – Tuer pour Tuer
Sunareht & Sylvere – Vervain
Inkke – Pioneer
Thomas Bangalter – What To Do
Le Dom – Bayern (Le Dom & De Grandi refix)

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Savile Found A Record That "Always Fucks People Up"

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Whether it’s for playing out at a club or listening at home, DJs and producers typically have an encyclopedic hoard of music, new and old. In The Last Record, they tell us about the last three songs or albums they’ve purchased, and why these were important additions to their music collection.

This week, we spoke to Savile. Last month, Honey Soundsystem’s Jason Kendig selected one of Savile’s recent releases for The Last Record. Savile is a Chicago-based producer, DJ and Smartbar resident. He’ll next play Interstellar, Smartbar’s New Year’s Eve party, and support Tensnake as part of the Tomorrow Never Knows festival. Here, he shared some of his most recent finds, including what he describes as “hamster wheel techno.”

Olin – “Foist”

Olin is the current talent booker at Smartbar. He just started a new label called Boundary Monument. It’s kind of like a mapping term. This track is called, “Foist.” It’s the b-side and it’s a very trippy techno track with a bubbling rhythm that makes it a little bit hard to find the particular beginning of the phrasing. It makes it particularly effective for what I like to call “hamster wheel techno” sections of the DJ set where your goal is to disorient and kind of wash away with the meaning of time. It’s really excellent. The whole record is pretty impeccably produced.

Gigi Masin – “Music For Chameleons”

Gigi Masin is from Venice, Italy and he released a couple of records in the mid 80s that were kind of missed by everyone, for the most part, except for the local scene. He got a cult following and Music for Memory compiled a compilation of unreleased material a couple of years ago.

One of the buyers at Gramaphone, a guy named Adam, pulled a bunch of ambient records and more left-field stuff for me one time while I was at the store. One of the records was released by Music for Memory. I previously remembered going to Music for Memory’s Bandcamp and seeing Gigi Masin’s name. And then I noticed that Odd Fantastican agency in Berlin that I am a fan of and that Marea (The Black Madonna) was a part ofwere doing an event with him. It all just seemed too coincidental that his name popped up three times in a couple of weeks, so I went back to the record. It was one of those delightful surprises when it’s way, way better than you expected. I’ve almost exclusively been listening to that record on loop for the last month, actually.

It varies from ambient to softer pop. This particular track is ambient and has some kind of guitar synth sound in it that’s beautifully processed. The whole thing is like a giant meditation. I’ve been playing these kind of beatless, long, open-ended ambient tracks on top of other things in the beginning of sets, and this one in particular is just beautifully written. It sounds completely like it could have been written yesterday or 20 years ago. It’s awesome.

Dominowe – “Dark Valley ( Core Tribe )”

Gqom Oh! releases music from all of these South African artists, from Durban specifically, making this music called gqom. The name comes from the sound a rock makes when it hits a tile floor, which is just too good for words. And they’ve got this whole culture built around taxis that have huge speaker systems playing these songs. That’s how they get famous in townships in South Africa.

It’s an insane story, but the music itself is like really cold, super rhythmic, very dark. It kind of reminds me of early dubstep. It’s super, super rhythmic. It’s all made on Fruity Loops. I’ve been playing it since April and it always fucks people up because it’s totally outside the scope of traditional dance floor stuff, but at the same time, rooted with the same drums and very clear computer programming. It’s super hot.

Savile Found A Record That "Always Fucks People Up"

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Whether it’s for playing out at a club or listening at home, DJs and producers typically have an encyclopedic hoard of music, new and old. In The Last Record, they tell us about the last three songs or albums they’ve purchased, and why these were important additions to their music collection.

This week, we spoke to Savile. Last month, Honey Soundsystem’s Jason Kendig selected one of Savile’s recent releases for The Last Record. Savile is a Chicago-based producer, DJ and Smartbar resident. He’ll next play Interstellar, Smartbar’s New Year’s Eve party, and support Tensnake as part of the Tomorrow Never Knows festival. Here, he shared some of his most recent finds, including what he describes as “hamster wheel techno.”

Olin – “Foist”

Olin is the current talent booker at Smartbar. He just started a new label called Boundary Monument. It’s kind of like a mapping term. This track is called, “Foist.” It’s the b-side and it’s a very trippy techno track with a bubbling rhythm that makes it a little bit hard to find the particular beginning of the phrasing. It makes it particularly effective for what I like to call “hamster wheel techno” sections of the DJ set where your goal is to disorient and kind of wash away with the meaning of time. It’s really excellent. The whole record is pretty impeccably produced.

Gigi Masin – “Music For Chameleons”

Gigi Masin is from Venice, Italy and he released a couple of records in the mid 80s that were kind of missed by everyone, for the most part, except for the local scene. He got a cult following and Music for Memory compiled a compilation of unreleased material a couple of years ago.

One of the buyers at Gramaphone, a guy named Adam, pulled a bunch of ambient records and more left-field stuff for me one time while I was at the store. One of the records was released by Music for Memory. I previously remembered going to Music for Memory’s Bandcamp and seeing Gigi Masin’s name. And then I noticed that Odd Fantastican agency in Berlin that I am a fan of and that Marea (The Black Madonna) was a part ofwere doing an event with him. It all just seemed too coincidental that his name popped up three times in a couple of weeks, so I went back to the record. It was one of those delightful surprises when it’s way, way better than you expected. I’ve almost exclusively been listening to that record on loop for the last month, actually.

It varies from ambient to softer pop. This particular track is ambient and has some kind of guitar synth sound in it that’s beautifully processed. The whole thing is like a giant meditation. I’ve been playing these kind of beatless, long, open-ended ambient tracks on top of other things in the beginning of sets, and this one in particular is just beautifully written. It sounds completely like it could have been written yesterday or 20 years ago. It’s awesome.

Dominowe – “Dark Valley ( Core Tribe )”

Gqom Oh! releases music from all of these South African artists, from Durban specifically, making this of music called gqom. The name comes from the sound a rock makes when it hits a tile floor, which is just too good for words. And they’ve got this whole culture built around taxis that have huge speaker systems playing these songs. That’s how they get famous in townships in South Africa.

It’s an insane story, but the music itself is like really cold, super rhythmic, very dark. It kind of reminds me of early dubstep. It’s super, super rhythmic. It’s all made on Fruity Loops. I’ve been playing it since April and it always fucks people up because it’s totally outside the scope of traditional dance floor stuff, but at the same time, rooted with the same drums and very clear computer programming. It’s super hot.

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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