The deep lush strings of Wide Angle were recorded in Russia courtesy of the 90-piece Moscow Federal Orchestra. The album's emotional hit was both subtle and timeless. "We like making music that will last," explains Healings. "Music that isn't disposable. We want people to listen to it over and over again in the future." "Music you can play before you go out and listen to when you chill out," continues Truman.
Hybrid opened this decade with "Kid 2000" featuring the sensuous vocals of The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde. "When you hear very formulated European house music the emotional content is almost nil," explains Truman. "You know exactly where it’s going, you can even tell where the samples are from. There's nothing in it to make you happy or melancholic. We aim to instill a strong emotional content into our music."
Back in 2003, their second LP, Morning Sci-Fi, is the next ingenious step forward. The task of crafting new influences around their ever-mutating breakbeats has been a lengthy progression. "We've been listening to absolutely anything other than dance music,” explains Healings. “I suppose that is because dance music is so ingrained into what we do naturally. We've been listening to stuff like The Doves, Aqualung, Radiohead, Soulwax, lots of jangly indie guitar bands and classical music, particularly the work of Arvo Part and Alexander Gretchaninov."
The live guitars and some of the bass sections were courtesy of Adam Taylor; Richard Thair (Redsnapper) supplied the drums for "Marrakech" and "I'm Still Awake"; John Creamer opens the album with a spoken word intro exploring the nature of his dreams. All the strings were recorded last December in St Petersburg courtesy of the world-class Hermitage Orchestra. Yet one of the album’s strangest collaborations came about after Hybrid's manager met New Order's Peter Hook in Manchester last July where they both ranted about the merit of a good bass line in a dance track. "Non of these bloody dance remixers ever use my bass lines," argued Hook. "I put in all this time and effort and they use Bernard’s vocals but they don't bloody use my bass."
The following week Hybrid sent over a couple of tracks and Hook rang back and agreed to play his "bloody bass" on "True To Form" and "Higher Than A Skyscraper." Thus the album was complete. Now Hybrid's resounding second LP is raising the next nagging question: Is the third album ready yet? Hybrid has also remixed over 40 artists including Radiohead, Alanis Morissette, Future Sound Of London and Moby.
Hybrid Bio from Discogs
After DJing separately at Welsh clubs throught the late 80's and early 90's, Hybrid formed back in 1993 after bonding over Truman's remix of Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick In The Wall’. Their 1999 debut LP (with former member Lee Mullin) 'Wide Angle' sold a total of 100,000 copies world wide. "We like making music that will last," explains Healings. "Music that isn't disposable. We want people to listen to it over and over again in the future." "Music you can play before you go out and listen to when you chillout," continues Truman.
Hybrid have collaborated with artists such as New Order's Peter Hook, The Pretender's Chrissie Hynde, Kirsty Hawkshaw, Julee Cruise and the 90-piece Russian Federal Orchestra.
Hybrid has also remixed over 40 artists including Radiohead, 2 Bad Mice, Alanis Morissette, Carl Cox, BT, The Future Sound Of London and Moby.