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Album Review

Though the late '90s witnessed the advent of dozens of progressive trance DJs and producers, few attempted to record a production LP. They preferred instead to release scads of mix albums, most of which purported to take listeners on a journey but did little more than offer frequent breakdowns and same sounding tracks. Finally, the British team Hybrid delivered the goods with their full-length debut Wide Angle. Befitting the cinematic nod in the title, Hybrid often bedrocks their productions with film music flourishes indebted both to traditional orchestration and the rock-based John Barry school of soundtracking; even when they're spinning through futuristic, warped trance with a roster of cutting-edge effects to impress even the most calloused Global Underground fan, there's an undeniably cinematic grandeur to these productions. Hybrid utilizes slow-moving strings and gradually building chords, straight out of Gorecki's "Symphony No. 3" but surprisingly effective in this context. They also do well with collaborations, recruiting Julee Cruise for three beautiful tracks, the album highlights "I Know," "If I Survive," and "Dreaming Your Dreams." In similar fashion to the way Orbital — another team with a good grasp of symphonic techno — warped acid-house and techno so they'd make as much sense on headphones as on the dancefloor, Hybrid bend the template of progressive trance to fit on the full-length realm, and with equally impressive results.

Customer Reviews

Absolute Masterpiece

Wider Angle is a double disc album containing Wide Angle and then disc 2 which contains miscellaneous live tracks. If you are familiar with Hybrid then you will know how outstanding they are. If you don't then you are seriously missing out! Wide Angle has been one of my if not THE favourite album of all time. You may know Finished Symphony from various tv trailers. Every song on this album is unique from the rest, and every one is awesome. Well produced and incredible composition. Imagine 5 albums-worth of awesome material crammed into 1, this is wide angle. Give it a couple of listens and you will start to adore. Hybrid at it's very talented best. Vibrant and intelligent, something which can be rare with this genre.

What they said. Absolute Masterpiece.

Breakbeats on an orchestral scale with production that has rarely been matched since.


Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Hybrid began as a trio of remixers based in the Welsh city of Swansea: Mike Truman, Chris Healings, and Lee Mullin. Meeting while going to clubs in the early '90s, the three made their own remixes of recordings, eventually earning assignments from record companies to pursue their hobby professionally. Finally, they were signed to Distinct'ive Records and embarked on making an ambitious first album, Wide Angle, in Moscow, using such talents as singer Julee Cruise and the 90-piece Russian Federal Orchestra....
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