If you only listen to music at 320kbps, close this tab and bugger off. This mix from Spoek Mathambo is about as raw as it gets. To accompany his documentary on South African electronic music, Future Sound of Mzansi (which we're premiering right here), Mathambo mixed just over 38 minutes of qgom's biggest bangers. Qgom, in case you're unfamiliar, is a fledgling subgenre of South African house coming straight out of Durban. Fittingly, the menacing, drum-heavy sound derives its name from the Zulu word for "bang" or "hit."
Qgom is rapidly gaining attention on this side of the world, with labels like London's Goon Club Allstars releasing an EP from the badass qgom trio Rudeboyz. Due partly to Durban's slow internet speeds, qgom tracks are usually low quality MP3s made by obscure artists, which is why this Mathambo master class is such a gem. This mix originally appeared on OkayAfrica, but has since been taken down; we're pleased to revive it here.
Check out the tracklist below—you'll recognize names like Rudeboyz and Jumping Back Slash from the Future Sound documentary.
Illumination Boyz - 0748685273 0736197847
Nkokhi ft. Sphelele - Travelling Man (Medium Points Remix)
Rudeboyz - Akasemuhle
Jumping Back Slash - Always Unfinished But Never Outgunned
sbucardo da dj & 031 - king of toms
Snaxxzo - Drunk in love (Dakwe othandweni)
Madanon, Mreyza, ceeyaah 'n Pilado - IDimoniI
DJ LetlakaRSA ft Masheleng - Xigago
Mqakxman & Voltage Boyz - I'Str8 Sam ft Manyabza
Jumping Back Slash - Blue Smoke
3 Way Boyz - Bitch Don' t Kill my Vibe
Madanoni 'n oBen 10 - Opopayi
Roman Rodney - Triple Beat Remix
DJ Master P - Wooh Unganyakazi
Menchess - Mitsubishi song(club mix)
Menchess - khumbula ukubhenga
DJ LAG ft Tempo - Crash
DJ Julz - Bass Push
NakedBoys - Lost Alien
Jumping Back Slash - Plateaux
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