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    dEbruit – “From The Horizon” – [Civil Music]


    Pretty much guaranteed to plaster a big ol’ smile on
    your ears. Brittany-born Xavier Thomas is deBruit
    and has his radar and record collection pointed to
    Africa. Hi-Life on his hifi, Zamrock in the patches
    of his hammock, this music may be aimed at the disco
    dancefloor but it swings warmly in the afternoon sun too.
    Congotronics are lined up, vocoders are revived,
    an ogene gong resonates along with ancient gods
    speaking through autotune. Oh man, did I hear roto-toms
    or are those some sort of squeeze drum samples? It’s
    hard to tell where deBruit’s sound samples leave off
    and he lurches in, but I’m pretty sure all of the
    cheesey, warbly keyboards dropped and pitched wheeled
    into the tracks are all deBruit. Check out what he oozes
    all over the opening Gnawa roll on “Mega Wagna”, and
    then to kick up the calories some kind of Bhangra
    beckoning is chopped on top. The next track he melds
    super squiggly synth with that sort of bumblebee
    flute (it is a fula?). Sometimes the tightness of
    the sampleness may wear you down, but a piece like
    “Reve Du Niger” weaves a pretty amazing sound basket
    with a few vocal threads. Killer finale as well,
    freaky ethiopiquey! To state the obvious, he’s even
    got a track called “Afro-Booty Musique.” Funderphonic
    plunder.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm
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