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Debruit the sample crazy French man on a mission returns with a full length on Civil Music that’s a culmination of his three years of travelling through Africa and sampling everything he hears along the way. ‘From The Horizon’ is basically a tribute to the awesomeness of West African groove and rhythm with the roots of Benin, Ghana, Niger and Nigerian music exploited to create something completely fresh whilst paying homage to these much loved and sacred tones.
You may be familiar with the series of EP’s that preceded the release of ‘From The Horizon’ and, if so, you’ll have some idea of what to expect here. Much like the Oh No series, Debruit reconstructs authentic field recordings into a post-modern form of beat making that would no doubt benefit from the occasional MC from time to time. Those EP’s (and the sweet 3D sleeves they came in) were only the tip of the iceberg though as he seems to have held back his tightest jamz for ‘From The Horizon’. Here we’re treated thirteen lovingly crafted and completely mind-blowing, multi-layered samplefest’s that are as enjoyable to dance too as they are to deconstruct and ponder.
You’ve got to admire the energy and enthusiasm that goes into sample construction (or destruction?) of the kind and, I’d say, debruit is right up there in terms of new producers taking the art of sampling to the next level. That and his twisted, pitched vocals are completely unique as is his super wild synth playing style. Damn funky too. So yeah, Debruit - the party ethnomusicologist you’d be a fool not to check out.
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