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Soundsystem 01

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2008 two CD mix from the Welsh DJ/Electronica duo. Touring as a live band from Coachella to Glastonbury and DJs everywhere, they also score major motion pictures. They have worked on previous albums with Hooky, Perry Farrell and Julee Cruise as well as their own albums. This eclectic mix features tracks from Massive Attack, Mark Isham, Sasha, David Sylvian, Gorillaz, Trentemoller and a new Hybrid cut, 'Formula of Fear'. Hope.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 19, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B001CITR8K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Let me preface this review with a few things: First off, Hybrid is one of my favourite bands (if not my favourite). That being said, I was pretty disappointed with their last release, last year's "Re-mixed". While it had a few stand out excellent tracks (like the Stedfan Anion & Starfire remix of "Until Tomorrow"), most of it was disappointing generic house remixes. I understand that it wasn't actually compiled by Hybrid (but a last ditch cash-grab by their ex-record company), it still left a bad taste in my mouth.

Fast-forward to now, and I hear that Soundsystem_01 is going to be a "departure" from previous Hybrid stuff, so safe to say, I was somewhat apprehensive.

It is a departure from the regular breakbeat Hybrid fare, but it's also one of the most artful DJmixes I've heard, and a fantastic album.

Disc one is arguably the stronger of the two discs, and is a compilation of downtempo "glitchy" techno and movie soundtrack pieces. However, stating just that is a disservice to how well this CD plays out. It isn't a danceable disc, as it's meant to be put on and really listened to. It's a very personal, emotional, and artful compilation of music. It starts off subtle and minimal, and moves to sweeping orchestral scores, and back again. Not only is the selection of music excellent, but Hybrid really show off their musical prowess with how well it seamlessly transitions from one song to another. When i initially but the disc in, I got to track 4 before I realized that the songs had changed. This is definitely an album that needs to be listened from front to back. While a little short, this disc is worth the price of admission alone.
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I'm eagerly awaiting Hybrid's 4th artist album, and in the meantime, I hope this'll tide me over -- the name leads me to believe there'll be future "Soundsystem" installments.

Previous reviews have done a fantastic job of covering the guts, so here's my perspective on what makes this mix stand out amidst a sea of so many DJ mixes.

One of the most distinguishing feature draws from Hybrid's fine pedigree in mixing the film music (orchestral) and dance music (electronic) worlds; it's very easy to sample some string loops and plop them over a beat, not so facile to really weave together a compelling arrangement as they've done with my fave track they've done to this day, "Finished Symphony", and more recent collaborations with Harry Gregson-Williams (whose work is expected to sound like Hans Zimmer due to his Media Ventures heritage -- big on the anthems and very action-packed!).

No surprise then, that film scores find themselves alongside ambient glitch here. Andy Page's "Yellow Tracksuit" is one of his more subdued selections, and the name seems like a Kill Bill reference -- what's so special about Page is his proclivity for glitchy, obsessively detailed production methods which've influenced Hybrid, BT, and many others.

Speaking of BT, Hybrid share a similar strength of having pop song structure intermingle with experimental electronics, and a likeminded track which highlights this is Trifonic's "Parks on Fire".
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I have a couple of decent monitors on stands, trained at each of my ears from about three feet. And I was prompted to write this review because it occurs to me that I have no recollection of the past hour during which I have been listening to Soundsytem 01. No, it's not what you're thinking it is...

I *know* what I was doing, but I liken it those nights when you get home on auto-pilot while having no clear memory of the trip (sober). Disc 2 in particular is just one throbbing masterpiece of a soundscape, a pulsing continuity that - while retaining a similar or even exact same time signature - never manages to be fatiguing, boring, or grating. This is in stark contrast to the lion's share of electronica out there. The instruments here, or the emulations thereof, are top notch. Strings are moody, foreboding, and yet soothing. Bass lines are punchy; nice and squelchy. All capped off by that relentless march of the drum modules.

This is masterful electronica, folks. I can't believe that anyone could listen to this in it's entirety and not come away affected. And that's one of the rawest measurements of art. An album this evocative, this trance-inducing (yeah, I used that word) deserves five stars. It far, far outshines the lauded new classic, "Wide Angle." That album, while excellent on its own merits, does not approach the sheer power of Soundsytem 01. Unfortunately, that intangible quality can't accurately be conveyed to you by words. Get this album and settle in, folks. It's a long ride. IMHO, disc 2 is even better than the first.

In case you didn't hear me the first: This is a masterpiece of both music and engineering.
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