“We wanted to poison the Gqom scene,” says Malation, who makes up one-third of the Durban, South Africa-based production trio Phelimuncasi.
Flanked by twins Maka Nana and Khera, who complete the trio, Malation explains that “Phelimuncasi means mixing drinks and sipping them until they are finished. Intakatho is an enchanting process. So when we say ‘Intakatho Yama Phelimuncasi,’ it means that we want to move people, to make them leave what they are doing and dance, to hypnotize them with our sounds."
For the uninitiated, Gqom is a gritty Afro-House mutation taking over Durban. Its characterized by droning pads, huge bass swells, pitch-shifted tom hits and manic vocals. For the most part, it lurks beneath a web of BBM contacts, private FB groups and shady-looking file sharing sites hosting low-quality MP3 files. This is a statement LP. It is a chronicle of Phelimuncasi's three years as a group and a torchbearer for one of the most exciting electronic music movements on the planet.