Exclusive mix: JV introduces us to South African Gqom on Future Face

January 4th 2017


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Rising Sydney producer JV dropped by for a mix on Future Face recently. Heavy with the sounds of South African grime and house, JV schooled us in a new genre emerging from Durban, SA.

It was a heated introduction to Gqom (pronounced ‘guan’): the spare, pared-back house genre that’s dedicated to the sound of Durban. It’s a genre with a unique intensity: while it seems to take cues from old school dubstep, broken beat and UK grime, gqom comes from a context almost completely removed from those scenes. At its heart is something dark, unsettling, and potent as hell.

In this mix, JV throws some honorary nods to Sydney locals Letabruthaknow and Iljuswifmo, as well as dropping a few mint tracks of his own.

Speaking about future releases, this innovator is insisting on taking time to perfect his production.

“I’m currently honing down, meditating on it,” he said. “I want to come out with something fully fledged… so hopefully we’ll see something soon.”

If this mix has you hungry for more Gqom, he recommends starting with the label from Gqom Oh! and then heading to Swamp 81. Other inspirations hovering around the artist’s headspace include the sounds of Nigerian funk and soul music.

Enjoy this mix while JV takes his time on his next release. He promises it will be worth the wait.



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