Some cinematic breaks from Welsh wizards Hybrid.

Splitting their time between the worlds of dance and cinema, the Wales-based duo Hybrid has made quite a name for themselves with their breaks-based sound. Mike Truman and Chris Healings had been writing, producing, touring and DJing all over the globe for the best part of a decade until they got a big break in 1994 when Lee Burridge gave a copy of their single ‘Symphony’ to Sasha, who included it in his and John Digweed’s Northern Exposure compilation.

Hybrid released their first (and probably best) album, Wide Angle, in 1999 – a combination of progressive house and nu skool breaks with vocals and symphonic textures that had a cinematic quality about them. The recording session of ‘Wide Angle’ took Truman and Healings to Moscow to record with the 85 piece Russian Federal Orchestra at MOS Film Studios, to New York to record David Lynch’s chanteuse Julie Cruise and to Paris to record with Parisian rapper Soon E MC.Hybrid.

Hybrid released their second album, Morning Sci-Fi, in 2003. They added semi-permanent vocalists and guitarists, Adam Taylor and Tim Hutton, with a guest appearance from New Order Peter Hook. This album had a generally darker feel to it than Wide Angle, though still retaining the cinematic undertones for which Hybrid were becoming known.

Hybrid have also composed the soundtrack for the 2007 movie Catacombs, and have also helped Harry Gregson-Williams score Kingdom of Heaven, Man on Fire, Domino, Déjà Vu, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and its sequel Prince Caspian.

This post has Hybrid originals, the next has remixes. But if you don’t have it, go buy Wide Angle.

Hybrid – Finished Symphony (Echoplex Mix)

Hybrid – Marrakech

Hybrid – Finished Symphony (Hybrid’s Soundtrack Edit)


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~ by acidted on August 9, 2009.

One Response to “H IS FOR HYBRID (PT1)”

  1. […] I do like Hybrid. I’ve no idea what breakbeat purists make of their work but I love the combination of breaks […]

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