Audio

Okmalumkoolkat's 'iJusi' Gets A Gqom Remix From Jumping Back Slash

Johannesburg-based rapper Okmalumkoolkat shares a gqom remix of "IJusi" by Jumping Back Slash, from the upcoming 're:code H0' EP.


Okmalumkoolkat's Holy Oxygen I from last fall condensed the Durban-born, Johannesburg based rapper's future-leaning delivery and sonic experimentations into four striking tracks. For the upcoming re:code H0 EP, the South African artist has recruited a noteworthy cast of producers, including Petite NoirSibot, Wandl and salute, to rework the EP's originals. Cape Town-based producer Jumping Back Slash's "iJusi (Gqom Dub)," premiering here today, strips down the original and places Okamlumkoolkat's non-linear rhymes over broken and syncopated kick drums in the Durban-bred electronic style of gqom. For more, revisit the Holy Oxygen I singles "Fancy Footwork," "Holy Oxygen," and "Allblackblackkat." Get to know more about Okmalumkoolkat and his crew in our expansive Boyzn Bucks: Johannesburg's Street Culture Empire feature. the 5-track re:code H0 EP is due May 25 from Affine Records. Stream "iJusi (Jumping Back Slash Gqom Dub)" below.

re:code H0 Tracklist

01 – Holy Oxygen (Wandl Remix)

02 – Allblackblackkat (Sibot Remix)

03 – Fancy Footwork (salute ́s Stuck In The 90s

04 – iJusi (Jumping Back Slash Gqom Dub)

05 – Holy Oxygen (Petite Noir Remix)

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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