Audio

Durban Production Outfit Rudeboyz' Gqom EP

Durban production group Rudeboyz premiere their self-titled EP, boasting 4 tracks in the explosive underground electronic style of gqom.


Rudeboyz is a production outfit coming out of Durban, South Africa, formed by Massive Q, Andile-T and Menchess. The trio are sharing their latest self-titled EP, which boasts four explosive tracks in the style of gqom — the stripped-down electronic sub-genre that lives off syncopated kick drums and distilled melodies, and can currently be heard blaring out of taxi speakers and underground clubs across Durban.

Rudeboyz kicks off with"Get Down," the EP's most haunting and infectious tune, which blends sporadic synthesizer stabs with a broken beat bass drum. The equally dark "Mercedes Song ft. TD Snax" and "Mitsubishi Song" are both "odes to legendary presses of the pills that fuel the parties that run through the night," a press statement reads, while "Sambuka Dance" is a tribute to the clear liqueur of its title. Each one of these  tracks creeps up slowly from its minimalist percussive and melodic content to form a truly dark and hypnotizing jam.

Stream our premiere of Rudeboyz' 4-track EP, due next week from London imprint Goon Club Allstars, below and check out the rest of their extensive catalog. This is pure, raw dance floor music.

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Fireboy DML, Juls, Adekunle Gold and more.