Durban’s gqom king details the origins of his spectral house variant and unleashes a riotous mix to upend underground clubs worldwide.
In the city of Durban there’s a sound called gqom, and it represents the changing face of the South African electronic music scene. A heady blend of scattering rhythms, broken house beats and sliced-up vocals, gqom is heading toward international acclaim thanks to labels like Gqom Oh!, which is working with Rome’s Crudo Volta on compilations and international tours. Collaborating with London’s Goon Club Allstars crew and label is DJ Lag, whose take on gqom also brings in elements of sgubhu (a Johannesburg-born style of afro house with stylistic similarities to gqom). On this episode of the Mixpak crew’s monthly show, DJ Lag shares the origin of his wild club music’s vocal samples (Lil Jon and Juicy J, to name a few) and offers more details on his month-long stateside tour. Plus, he delivers an exclusive mix and premieres a track off of his forthcoming EP, due in early 2018.