DJ Lag and Okzharp to release collaborative EP on Hyperdub

Listen to a new track, ‘Nyusa’, now.

Having initially linked up online back in 2012, Durban gqom originator DJ Lag and London based Hyperdub mainstay Okzharp, of Okzharp and Manthe Ribane, announce the Steam Rooms EP collaboration.

The EP’s title originates from the Durban nickname for local clubs, “they used to refer to clubs as steam rooms, a lot of the early gqom-style music was played in these places. The name for the EP is a tribute to that.”

The EP features 4 club heavy tracks made in London in 2018 when Lag was passing through on European tours. Listen to first single “Nyusa” below.

“Nyusa” opens with a grinding acidic bass line overlaid with a metallic and gravelly melody with suppressed chants. Sharp kicks drive the track leading up to a wobbly synth break down and back up synth stabs raising the energy.

Steam Rooms EP is out on 19th July 2019 via Hyperdub — pre-order here.

DJ Lag on tour
Thursday June 6 Drake Hotel, Toronto
Friday June 7 Marble Bar Detroit
Saturday June 8 Physical Therapy at Nowdays NYC
Saturday 22nd June Moonshine Montreal
Saturday 13th July – Joshua Brooks – Manchester
Thursday 18th July – Sonar Festival – Barcelona
Saturday 20th July – Melt Festival – Ferropolis
Thursday 08th August – Boomtown Festival – Winchester
Friday 09th August – R2 Rooftop – Marseille
Friday 16th August – The Egg – London
Saturday 31st August – Upper Festival – Katowice
Saturday 05th October – Capitolio – Lisbon

Okzharp and Manthe Ribane on tour
Saturday 29th June @ Block9, Glastonbury Festival

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