Parisian electronic producer dÃ‰bruit has built a reputation on his kaleidoscopic array of influences and ingredients, but to peg his fast-changing maximalism as schizophrenic would be a mistake. As with his previous work, From the Horizon ties together multiple strands under a loose theme. This time around, it’s the music of West Africa, with samples drawn from indigenous archives and field recordings.
The 13 tracks here lurch from mangled west coast hip-hop beats (“Cri”) to charged Congalese robotic funk (“Afro Booty Musique”), queasy analogue synth jams (“Zef”) and psychotic bleepy techno (“Marabout”). Even within tracks, he changes direction when you least expect it, hurtling from languid bass vibes to rave urgency to something else entirely, without missing a beat. It can make for an occasionally exhausting listen, but the chopping and changing rarely feels forced, and more like the free-form experiments of his jazz heroes than attention-seeking overindulgence.
This is the electronic scene’s most invigorating vision of world music for some time.