i-DJ: débruit

Get into the mix with Débruit's globe trotting and genre hopping sound.

by i-D Staff
23 June 2015, 1:17am

It's time to take a journey through West Africa via New York with one of the most exciting underground producers of the moment. French born musical explorer, Débruit first caught our attention with his infectious 2009 tune, Nigeria What?

His new album, Outside The Line, transcends West African music and Afrobeat rhythms through the synth work of 80s New York, and his evolutionary sound perfectly captures musical eras gone by while making a unique and futuristic sound seem effortless. For all these reasons and more, we are delighted to welcome him to the i-D mix family with this incredible sonic journey. "It's made of tracks that I've always liked and that inspired the album a lot," he says of his offering. "Tracks from west Africa to NYC. Some slow and contemplative like Arthur Russell and Mamane Sani, some compulsive like Suicide and James Chance, others dancey like Dr Adolf Ahanotu and ESG, or polyrhythmic like Steve Reich and Konono n°1 and their electric trance likembés." Press play!

Field Recording from Niger
Laurie Anderson - O Superman
Débruit - Desert Dream
Gary Barts NTU Troop Harlem Bush Music - Celestial Blues Uhuru
James White & The Blacks - Contort Yourself (August Darnell Remix)
Dr Adolf Ahanotu - Ijere
Liquid Liquid - Bell Head (live)
ESG - You Make No Sense
The Funkees - Mimbo
Nicky Siano - Move
Glorious Strangers - Move It Time
Suicide - Ghost Rider
Mammane Sani et son orgue - Lidda
Arthur Russell - Losing my taste for the night life
Konono n°1 - Kule Kule reprise
Steve Reich - Clapping music

What are the top three tracks getting heavy rotation in your sets?
I play live so only my productions, but at home I'm playing a lot of Turkish music at the moment as I'm preparing a special project in Istanbul, I want to understand it better.

What's the most phenomenal clubbing venue in the world and why?
I've played the Golden Pudel in Hamburg on a Sunday night and enjoyed it a lot. It is tiny, is covered with tags, looks a bit like a squat and has the best atmosphere. The people are there for the music. Apart from that the best club as a fan is the Sub Club in Glasgow when Optimo plays.

What was the best night of your life?
I don't have a particular memory but it must be near the sea somewhere on a warm night surrounded by people I love, that best night tends to repeat.

What's the most debauched thing you've ever seen on the dance floor?
There isn't much debauchery at my gigs. People are there for the music, to meet, to dance and have a good time.

What does your rider consist of?
Local food, local drinks, the more original the better please.

What's your favourite party anthem of all time?
Hard one, I have a few. Maybe James White & The Blacks, Contort Yourself (August Darnell Remix).

What producer are you predicting big things from this year?
A band called Golden Teacher.

Where do you go when the record ends and the lights come on?
To thank people, to change my shirt or for a drink with the promoter, or the hotel.

Finish the sentence, the music sounds better with…
Genuine ideas and courage.

Débruit's album Outside The Line is out now digitally and available here.