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Fresh from their World Tour supporting the Morning Sci-Fi album, Hybrid pick up the torch on the next installment of Distinctives influential Y4K breakbeat mix series.
Known as outstanding DJs in their own right, Hybrids Mike Truman & Chris Healings have logged thousands of air miles of the past few years spinning an upfront selection of progressive leaning breakbeats and house as well as their fair share of exclusive Hybrid remixes of classic tunes.
Y4K captures the explosive essence of a live Hybrid DJ set opening with a exclusive intro produced by Hybrid especially for this collection and closing with their own remix of Lil Louis Chicago house classic, "Blackout".
In between Hybrid drops some of the hottest tracks of the moment, including the new Orbital single "One Perfect Sunrise" (remixed by Stereo 8), Evil 9s take on "The Way" by Dylan Rhymes, and a Luke Chable mix of GusGus "David". Also worked into the mix is an exclusive track from Andy Page & Lee Burridge and The Chemical Brothers quintessential classic, "Chemical Beats".
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2.The Album; With that being said, by Hybrids standards, this album is a bit lacking. I guess you can call it a gifted artist's curse because their previous work set the bar so high. There are some absolute gems on this CD and those alone are probably worth the price. However, some of the tracks are very repetitive. This mix is definitely best suited for a club and not for home listening.
3.Specifics; My first impression was overwhelming joy when I heard that trademark breakbeat. By the end of track 6, I was a little bored. When track 7 came on, the beautiful string arrangements got me excited again. Overall, I think this is much better than most mix compilations I've heard. However, I expected this to resemble Hybrid's remix album, Remix and Additional Production, and it does not. This is more of a straightforward mix and there isn't much Hybrid-style remixing involved.
*The remix of Blackout is the stand-out track in my opinion, even though the arrangement is very similar to their remix of REM's The Great Below.
**Consider the fact that if you're not familiar with Hybrid at all, you will be completely blown at times. Then listen to one of their two studio albums and see just how much better it can get.
This mix really sounds nothing like either of those albums.
What it does sound like is pure, booming nu-breaks nirvana. The first few tracks after the amazing introductory "The Drop" are a little faceless but still earthshattering. By the time FSOL's Vangelis-sampling "My Kingdom (Part 4)" segues into the stunning Hybrid "In Good We Trust (Soundtrack Edit)", you'll be blown away. Dropping the Chemical Brothers' sterling classic "Chemical Beats" in the middle of all this is a stroke of pure genius. The Y4K Edit of Hybrid's "Blackout" turns arguably their worst track ever into a ten-minute epic breakbeat odyssey that is a fitting closer for this mix. (This last track actually incorporates most of the elements from Hybrid's amazing remix of R.E.M's "The Great Beyond". It's unfortunate this track will never be released, as it's their best remix ever!)
Fans of the "Hybrid sound" shouldn't pass this one up, even though it may not be quite what they expect. Self-respecting fans of any sort of breakbeat or electronic music should be sure to pick Hybrid's Y4K up as well, for it's a journey they're sure not to forget for quite a while.
While a perfectly fine mix in its own right, the album is quite honestly a bland and mostly-disappointing offering as a Hybrid album. In fact, it seems to be more of a label release than a Hybrid one (it is part of a series in the Distinctive catalogue). That classic Hybrid flavor does shine through on a few tracks, but for the most part, I found myself wondering if the guys hadn't simply been recruited to do the label's bidding.
Longtime fans will hear something to like. Tracks from GusGus and Future Sound of London are enjoyable, and the soundtrack edit of Hybrid's own "In Good We Trust" gives me the chills everytime! (Note: Tracklistings for this album differ, so if you intend on buying Y4K, make sure you know which release of it you're getting.)
New or casual listeners, however, should skip out on this one. I suggest picking up Wide Angle and moving forward from there.
A few weeks back I picked up Y4K for a party that some friends where having. I put the CD into my car stereo and for the next hour, I drove around till it ended. I was hooked as soon as the baseline kicked in and there was no looking back. As the deep dark bass filled my car, I found myself unable to stop nodding my head back and forth to their infectious groove. This CD reminded me of another DJ duo who I have long been a fan of in Deep Dish. I would love to see the day when all four stood behind a turntable together and mixed it up. That would be worth the price of admission into any club!
This CD is best played on a system where you can feel the bass and hear the melodies played over the top. I recommend this cd to any fan of electronic music. If you have never heard of hybrid, this CD will be a pleasant surprise!