Debruit is a producer hailing from Paris, and in anticipation of his debut LP ‘From The Horizon’, Gilles Peterson has been playing what seems to be the lead single ‘Akoula’ on both his (old) Radio 1 show and (new) 6 Music show.
The track is an edit of (or at least samples heavily) a track by The Funkees called ‘Akula Owu Onyeara’, which is (and if not, should be) a staple track in any Afrobeat/Funk enthusiasts box. You can hear the original (taken from the Nigeria Special compilations) below, and the Debruit version after the jump.
The difference between the versions is obviously very drastic, however the re-working is a refreshing take on the traditional Nigerian original, especially in light of the amount of house based tracks taking influence from Highilife, Afrobeat, and other forms of tropical music.
You can read more about the producer at his website here, however there doesn’t yet seem to be any pre-order links for the album, set for release on 4th June.