Dutch producer Debonaire conjures some old-school vibes for the Brighton label
For their fifth release of 2019, Brighton-based house label Zulu welcome back Dutch DJ/producer Luca Debonaire with Religion, a groove-fuelled affair with plenty of funk in the trunk that ignites a sense of old-school nostalgia.
There's only one track to this release, and it's clearly been lovingly created by a producer who knows his way around a studio. It begins with a percussive intro made up of a muted kick, hi-hat and clap. Then the full meaty kick is added, giving the track some real presence as it builds with the inclusion of a military-style snare roll, a riser and bells, which take us on a journey into euphoric territory as the main sample kicks in. It sounds like the theme from The Exorcist (which is actually Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells Part 1), but when I listen to them together they sound ever so slightly different. Either way, it's a real spine tingler of a sample, and together with the added vocals packs a serious punch. As the tune continues a bad-ass bass synth kicks in – another old school twist, as it sounds like an early speed garage bassline – and vocal snippets are tossed into the mix for good measure. Then it's all about the bells and vocals again as the breakdown is repeated, with the bassline then taking us to a percussive outro.
This track is designed to cause as much dancefloor mayhem as possible and I can’t wait to drop it and see the crowd reaction. I suggest you check it out and see for yourselves!
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 4 March
Review Score: 8