Rudeboyz' "Get Down" is the obvious hit, and it's colossal. The kick drum isn't all that heavy, but it doesn't need to be: the melody falls in staggered patterns on blown-up chords that evoke the rhythmic pressure of Crazy Couzinz' "Inflation." The sense of hysteria is only heightened by the larger-than-life vocal samples. "Sambuka Dance" is made with a similar recipe (a cycled, heavily swung pattern), but it's more spacious, and the duo fill in the blanks with heavy tom fills that add some melodrama. "Mercedes Song" and Menchess' "Mitsubishi Song" are both named after pressed pills, which should give you an idea of their provenance. The former is the most dynamic of the Rudeboyz tracks, with clever percussive interplay and ominous chanting from TD Snax. Menchess' sole contribution is extra funky, trading the foreboding largesse of Rudeboyz for something more light and playful. Think Scratcha DVA.
It's the almost threatening sense of scale, captured particularly well by Rudeboyz, that separates gqom from its related club styles. With a gqom compilation on the way through another label, the genre could reach new audiences this year. The Rudeboyz EP is a fantastic introduction, and it's one of the biggest club records I've heard all year.