I’m a sucker for a new sub genre, the more unpronounceable the better, so was thrilled to come across something called Gqom this week – apparently it represents “da sound u get wen u drop a rock on tiles”.

At first I was surprised that something that seems so Western and cutting edge like bass music/dupstep/electronica could find a voice in the poor South African townships of Durban, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense that a music that started out being made on Playstations by 15-year old black kids in deprived London tower blocks should resonate with 15-year old South African black kids in deprived Durban townships, especially when held against the college kid centred fratboyisms that twisted the urban grime of bass music into safe and inoffensive stadium-glo-stick-waving US EDM.

OK, enough rambling, here’s the lead track on a compilation album documenting the scene. The African musical influences are more than apparent and it stretches the genre in any number of new directions.


Listen to (and then buy!) the whole thing here and read all about the album and the scene.

Grimey Fish

Courtesy of  Ghetto Bassquake, a blog that specialises in the sort of dance music that I’m way too old and staid to appreciate, but one of my little brother’s mates is part of the management, hence I was introduced to this…

“I’m sceptical that this guy’s fish really is the best in town if its only a quid but he most definitely has the best sales tune. Listen. And Learn.

Comon ladies Comon ladies 1 pound fish (X2)
1 pound fish comon have a look 1 pound fish heva have a look 1 pound fish
very very good 1 pound fish very very cheap 1 pound fish
6 for 5 pound 1 pound each (X2)
fish to the 1 pound (X4)
6 for 5 pound, 1 pound each
fish to the 1 pound (X2)
Comon ladies Comon ladies to the fish 1 pound each
1 pound each (X2)
very good and very cheap (X2)

With a tune this good, happy to see that Boy Better Know have sampled him on a new beat. Naturally. As Twister once said… ”make you a celebrity overnight”.

Bends for (about) 5904 Miles – The Reviews Podcast

After an extended hiatus the award-winning duo of Panthersan & Satankidneypie (accompanied by a backing band of the birds outside the window) are back back back with a new episode of Bends For… and this time they cast their critical eye on some up and coming bands and artists and lay into some new albums from established favourites.

In the up-and-coming camp, Scumbag Philosopher’s offbeat commentary on contemporary social issues gets the once over. Listen to the review and find out more about Scumbag Philosopher HERE

Next up multi-genre dubstep/dancehall/electronica type Indiginus gets the critical treatment, with a review of his Sofa Surfer album. Listen to our completely uninformed opinions and then make your own minds up by going to his website

After that ex-Death In Vegas man Mat Flint’s Deep Cut have our humble reviewers reaching for the superlatives with their fuzzed up shogazey indie rock album Disorientation. Read about them HERE and then have a proper listen at their Myspace

New music from Hey Colossus and Euros Childs also get the review treatment amongst the mindless chat and waffle. Usual apologies for the low sound quality and cut-outs, but we are (about) 5904 miles apart!