South Durban via south London.

Gqom originator DJ Lag has teamed up with Hyperdub stalwart Okzharp for a collaborative EP. Steam Rooms, which takes its name from the local nickname for dance clubs in Durban, the birthplace of gqom, features a heady blend of UK club styles and high-energy South African rhythms.

Last year DJ Lag linked up with Epic B for the track ‘Going Modd’ on Swing Ting and released the Stampit EP on Goon Club Allstars. Okzharp is best known for his work as part of Okzharp & Manthe Ribane, who released their full-length debut Closer Apart on Hyperdub last year.

Steam Rooms is out on July 19 and is available to pre-order now. Check out the cover art and tracklist below. Both DJ Lag and Okzharp & Manthe Ribane will tour Europe this Summer – see below for dates.


01. ‘Now What’
02. ‘Nyusa’
03. ‘Sambe’
04. ‘Steam One’

DJ Lag dates:
June 06 – Drake Hotel, Toronto
June 07 – Marble Bar, Detroit
June 08 – Physical Therapy, Nowdays NYC
June 22 – Moonshine, Montreal
July 13  – Joshua Brooks, Manchester
July 18 – Sonar Festival, Barcelona
July 20 – Melt Festival, Ferropolis
August 08 – Boomtown Festival, Winchester
August 09 – R2 Rooftop, Marseille
August 16 – The Egg, London
August 31 – Upper Festival, Katowice
October 05 – Capitolio, Lisbon

Okzharp and Manthe Ribane dates:
June 29 – Block9, Glastonbury Festival
August 23 – Pop Kultur Festival, Berlin

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