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World Music CD Reviews Europe

Hybrid

By Stacy Meyn
Published April 27, 2007

I Choose Noise
Distinctive Records

Swansea, Wales’ Hybrid is Mike Truman and Chris Healings, maestros of “progressive [nu skool] breaks” and mad remixers, comparable to Leftfield, Massive Attack, and Underworld. Yet as self-proclaimed fans of Arvo Pärt and Alexander Gretchaninov, they are also prone to get cinematic and symphonic, employing the Russian Federal and Seattle Session Orchestras to that end. Truman and Healings also recruit a passel of guest vocalists such as Kirsty Hawkshaw, Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell and Planet Funk’s John Graham. British singer/songwriter Judie Tzuke slings some 4/4 progressive house. Hybrid’s third original release, I Choose Noise is a return to the lushness of 1999’s debut Wide Angle. Conductor Harry Gregson-Williams co-scores and contributes his skills with the baton. Naturally, the favored rump-propelling acid bass and arpeggiated synth lines bust out here and there, lest anyone become too sedate and sedentary. Reverse from the start of the disc to hear a hidden track.