French producer dÉbruit makes all of us monolingual speakers feel bad for not taking more of an interest in language with his forthcoming EP, Şiş Sürpriz (Civil) out April 4. Translating from Turkish to mean “Skewer Surprise,” the four-track release sees the beatmaker and favorite of ex-BBC Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs take musical influence from the Turkish neighborhood he found himself living in after relocating to London.
For the third installment in his series of EPs (that previously featured the talents of UK vocalist Jamie Woon and Sa-Ra’s Om’Mas Keith), dÉbruit a.k.a Xavier Thomas uses traditional Turkish instruments and the general electronic fare to create tracks that combine the new with the familiar. Traditional pieces such as darbuka and davul drums, along with the kabak kemane (a violin-like instrument originating from Southeastern Turkey) are married with synths and hip-hop bass, creating a Hudson Mohawke/Rustie-like mash of gloss and future beats. And just to draw you into his smoke-shrouded Turkish hookah den even further, Şiş Sürpriz comes with 3D artwork by German designer Rainbowmonkey, and 3D glasses. It’s like Magic Eye, but better.
dÉbruit is currently working on his full-length debut based on the sounds of West Africa, following his trips to the region and recording with indigenous musicians. Smells like next level world music to us.
Şiş Sürpriz EP Preview:
Tracklist For Şiş Sürpriz:
A1. Accordé Don
A2. Turkish ish
B2. Lil Zurna