Whisper it quietly, but something’s stirring. Deep in the Irish provinces a DJ, producer and club promoter by the name of Rebūke is creating something new and genuinely exciting. A soundclash of house, techno and rave (yes rave) records from the early 90s melded together to create that elusive thing – an original sound of his own.
And the name Rebūke? ‘Well its a play on words on my real name which I really liked’ says the man himself. ‘But it also means ‘to intend to correct a fault’ which appealed to me too because I was getting bored with all the same old tech house I was hearing. I thought It was time to do something about that.’ he laughs.
If you’ve been in Letterkenny for a night out recently you will have likely heard Rebūke ‘doing something about it’. His own night ‘Outhouse’ has grown from humble beginnings to become a phenomenon - inviting guests of the calibre of Solardo, Camelphat, Darius Syrossian, Mella Dee, Ejeca and Huxley.
Rebūke may be based in Ireland but his sound is catching on worldwide. A project that was inaugurated only at the start of 2018 to capture the sound of his club - has already seen him release EP’s and singles on Saved, Defected DFTD, Toolroom and the high charting Mother Recordings. The head twisting synth workout ‘Outhouse’ – an early anthem for the club – and its sister track ‘Burma Apaches’ were the first fruits of this approach. Both were a highlight of Nic Fanciulli's sets through the latter part of 2017 - Burma Apaches featured on his November 2017 Radio 1 Essential Mix and duly became the first Rebūke release, on Saved in January this year.
Most recently his Rebūke/rave series has been causing a major stir with reimagined versions of rave era classics such as ‘Bombscare’ and ‘The Tape’ gaining glowing reviews from A list DJs.
If all this sounds like a disregarding for the rules you’d be right. Describing the sound itself is pretty easy for Rebūke. ‘I love house, techno, and old rave records. I’ve got a deep, almost obsessional interest in the Italian, Belgian and UK records from the early 90s and I try to bring that into my productions. Its really about capturing the dirt and energy of the records of that time and fusing it with modern house and techno that I love too. That’s definitely what appeals to me.’
It’s obviously appealing to to his crowds and fans as well…