As his career has developed and matured, so Xavier Thomas' sounds has broadened ever further. Never afraid of a concept and constantly looking to take in influence from all over the world, the Debruit mission last shored up on Soundway alongside Alsarah. Now Outside The Line pivots around the idea of washing up on an imaginary island, and it finds Thomas working his effervescent electronics up into joyous melees of tropical flavoured trap and footwork. There's space for playful, dubby house music and speedy bass music, but as always the generic framework plays second fiddle to the rambunctious melodic content.
If you're looking for something truly unique to amaze your dancefloor, friends and neighbours with this week then look no further; Debruit's melting pot is unlike any other producer's on the planet. Weaving a delicate web of global grooves, fractured beats and oddball melody techniques, From The Horizon cements the reputation Debruit has developed with his EPs over the past few years. With hats doffed towards western Africa and his own native France, Debruit shows untold promise from track to track. Significant moments abound, but highlights include the likes of "Cuivree", a splintered slice of soul complete with spliced and diced chants and accordions, "Afro Booty Musique", an uptempo jaunt that takes Peter Frampton to Nigeria on the Daft Punk Express, and "Rave Du Niger", a hypnotic mesh of vocal samples that builds with hypnotic majesty. A unique, unmissable debut full lengther.
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