French producer, Débruit, will be releasing his forthcoming album Débruit & Istanbul on May 27th via his multidisciplinary label ICI (pre-order).
Xavier Thomas aka Débruit, recorded the album in July 2015 in Istanbul, with a number of local visionary musicians including percussionist Okay Temiz, Turkish funk hero Mustafa Ozkent and others. The album was commissioned by the Europalia Arts Festival (one of the oldest festivals of it’s kind in Europe) which has been organizing arts biennials, each focusing on a different guest country. During his stay in Istanbul, Débruit worked on an imaginative interpretation of the city carried by the megalopolis through its meanders. The inspiration of the sounds, rhythms, lights and tempo of the city at different moments in time have resulted in a melting pot of traditional, visionary, electric, psychedelic, futurists, and experimental music.
Débruit talks about the album:
“I wanted this album to be driven by the feelings I got from Istanbul and my encounters. The city’s enthusiasm and majestic urban and topographic flows inspired light but deep moods: there is a darkness in there but a proud one. A roughness in control. Istanbul has such an inspiring mix of tradition and forward thinking vision. It has a pulse of its very own. Its impossible to put into words the excitement, surprises and magic of making this album. Of the experiences of trying to find these people, walking up unknown streets or taking the boat to the Asian side. Discovering the city at the same time as being on the album journey, going to neighbourhoods I wouldn’t have been to if it wasn’t for recording. All that influence, infusing my imagination and creativity at the same time.”