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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.

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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