Hybrid (Welsh band)

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Hybrid
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Background information
Origin Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Genres Electronica, trip hop, breakbeat, progressive trance, big beat
Years active 1996–present
Labels Distinct'ive
Kinetic (former US label)
Hope Recordings
Kill City Recordings
Website http://www.hybridsoundsystem.com/
Members Mike Truman
Chris Healings
Charlotte James[1]
Past members Lee Mullin
Adam Taylor[2]

Hybrid are a British electronic music group based in Swansea, comprising Mike Truman and Chris Healings, with the addition of Charlotte James completing their 2010 lineup. They are primarily known as a progressive breaks act, although they overlap considerably with progressive house and trance. However, the band are now taking a more structured approach to song writing, with the addition of Charlotte James contributing to the writing process. The duo are considered pioneers of the electronic genre, and have produced four studio albums, all garnering critical acclaim. They are known for their cinematic approach to their production, specifically with the use of orchestral sounds, which is particularly notable on their debut album Wide Angle when they collaborated with the Russian Federal Orchestra. Also over their seventeen-year career, they have produced over 100 remixes for over 40 artists.

History[edit]

1999: Wide Angle[edit]

Hybrid released their first album, Wide Angle, in 1999 – a combination of progressive house and nu skool breaks with vocals and symphonic textures. They hired the Russian Federal Orchestra for the string sections. Julee Cruise supplied many of the vocals for Wide Angle. The album was produced and written by the duo along with the third original band member, Lee Mullin. The music's cinematic feel and scope have led to comparisons with Massive Attack and Underworld. Hybrid also supported Moby during a live tour in 2000.

2003: Morning Sci-Fi[edit]

Hybrid released their second album, Morning Sci-Fi, in 2003. They added semi-permanent vocalists and guitarists, Adam Taylor and Tim Hutton (both on the album and when performing live) with a guest appearance from New Order alumnus Peter Hook. This album had a generally darker feel to it than Wide Angle, though still retaining the cinematic undertones for which Hybrid are known. In addition to this, Morning Sci-Fi features a more diverse range of influences than its predecessor — Chris Healings stating in an interview that, "We've been listening to absolutely anything other than dance music. I suppose that is because dance music is so ingrained into what we do naturally. We've been listening to stuff like Doves, Radiohead, Soulwax, New Order and lots of jangly indie guitar bands and classical music, particularly the work of Arvo Pärt and Alexander Gretchaninov."[3]

In 2004, Hybrid were invited by noted Hollywood film composer Harry Gregson-Williams, to work on the soundtrack for the film Man on Fire. The film marked not only Hybrid's first foray into film music, but also the duo's first collaboration with Harry Gregson-Williams, who continuously invited them to work on the soundtrack for movies like The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Total Recall. This also marked the first collaboration with the late film director Tony Scott. A collaboration which continued throughout the remainder of his career, until his death in 2012.

2006: I Choose Noise[edit]

On April 2006, Hybrid played at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on 29 April 2006. Later, the same year, Hybrid released their third studio album, I Choose Noise. The album featured the return of the epic symphonic sound and grand orchestral scope of Wide Angle. It featured Perry Farrell, John Graham (A fellow music producer, going by the name Quivver), Judie Tzuke and Kirsty Hawkshaw. Harry Gregson-Williams also appeared on the album, composing most of the album's string sections. Film composer Stephen Barton was also involved with the production of the album. The album didn't spawn any singles, however many of the tracks would later go on to be heavily played by DJ's, as well as heavily featured in advertisements. In addition, 2 of the album's tracks "Dogstar" and "Dreamstalker" would later be re-recorded with Perry Farrell for his Satellite Party project. The project also featured another re-recording of his song "Orbit," which was previously unreleased. These recordings were later released on the album Ultra Payloaded, released in 2007.

On 8 March 2007, Hybrid kicked off their US Spring 2007 Live Tour in support of their third album I Choose Noise. Hybrid was joined by John Graham, Peter DiStefano and, a new female vocalist, Charlotte James. Later that same year, Distinct'ive Records released a compilation album: Hybrid Remixed. It consisted of remixes of several compositions by Hybrid, with remixes by various artists, including Deadmau5, Jerome Sydenham, The Cinematic Orchestra and The Orb, as well as a rare b-side track, named "Sleepwalking", originally meant for I Choose Noise. Despite this however, Hybrid had nothing to do with the release, as it was meant to be their last release with Distinct'ive. However, despite being managed by Hope Recordings, Hybrid still released their next few releases with Distinctive.

In 2007, the duo composed their first original soundtrack, for the film Catacombs. However, nothing of Hybrid's contributions were ever released, despite heavy fan demand, as of 2012.

2008 saw the release of Soundsystem 01. The album is a double-disc mix collection with the first CD being based around actual film scores fused with ambient electronica, and the second containing more upfront, club-oriented music represented by remixes of music by the likes of Sasha, Quivver and Elite Force.[4] Later that same year, Hybrid released a new single, entitled "The Formula of Fear", which featured Charlotte James on the vocals. Hybrid also contributed an original track "Komuru", to the Survival International charity album, Songs for Survival.

2010: Disappear Here[edit]

Besides collaborating with Harry Gregson-Williams, 2009 saw Hybrid focusing on the production of their fourth album. The album was originally finished in 2008, however the group described the album as indie rock and as a result, weren't sastified with the album, which lead them to restart the production completely.[5] After several months of silence, their fourth album Disappear Here was finally finished and released on 29 March 2010. The album was made with Andrew Skeet and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra at Smecky Music Studios. A video recording of the track from the forthcoming album, entitled "Break My Soul", was also released which was filmed and edited by the band.[6] Unilke their previous album, Disappear Here spawned several singles, and also rose to #2 at the iTunes electronic charts.[7] The album was re-released in the same year, entitled Disappear Here: Widescreen Edition, which contained special edits, remixes and orchestral versions.

2010 also saw more collaborations with Harry Gregson-Williams. the duo helped finish the score for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and yet another Tony Scott production: Unstoppable. [8] This would prove to be the last collaboration with Tony Scott, with the director's death in 2012.

On 15 March 2011 Hybrid released the song "Blind Side" for free, as promotion for the single, which itself was officially released on 22 August 2011. The single was their first release for their new label Kill City Records.[9] Beyond this, Hybrid spent most of 2011 focusing on film score work. The group submitted two original tracks for the film Fast Five. They also helped finish the score for Cowboys & Aliens [10] and were working on the original soundtrack for the video game Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, which was released in May 2012.[11]

2012: Classics and future projects[edit]

Besides the afromentioned video game soundtrack, August 2012 saw the release of Classics out on Distinctive Records. The album is a greatest hits compilation, compiling the biggest hits from Hybrid's career. The album was released in a standard one disc edition, as well as a deluxe edition, consisting of 4 discs. The deluxe edition featured many alternative mixes and orchestral versions, as well as unreleased material, including much of the music that was made for advertisement agencies.[12]

In 2013, Hybrid finished working on a few soundtracks. One was for the video game Driveclub,[13] where the band did all of the music, in addition to creating a new single for the game, entitled: "Be Here Now". They also finished work on a direct-to-video film: Dead in Tombstone. Their work (unlike for the previous film, Catacombs) was released by Back Lot Music on 15 October 2013. Meanwhile, the band states that they are still hard at work on a 5th album[14] which they state will be released in December 2014.[15]

Use of Hybrid's music[edit]

Hybrid's extensive music for TV, film and games can be found at their dedicated scoring website, www.hybridscores.com[16]

Over the years, Hybrid's studio material from their first three albums and their singles, have been heavily used for television, film and video games. Hybrid composed the soundtrack for the 2007 film Catacombs, and have also helped Harry Gregson-Williams score Man on Fire, Déjà Vu,[17] and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.[18]

Other notable uses includes:

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Remix compilation albums[edit]

Promo releases[edit]

Singles[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Song Director Album
"If I Survive" (1999) Wide Angle
"I Know" (1999) Wide Angle
"Break My Soul" (2010) Mike Truman Disappear Here
"Can You Hear Me" (2010) Mike Truman
"Disappear Here" (2010) Mike Truman
"Blind Side" (2011) Mike Truman Blind Side EP

DJ-mix albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Various remixes[edit]

Hybrid has produced over 100 remixes of more than 40 artists, including Radiohead, Alanis Morissette, U2, Filter, BT, DJ Rap, The Orb, Jean Michel Jarre, Gouryella, The Future Sound of London, UNKLE, Moby and The Crystal Method.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
2004 Man on Fire Tony Scott Music arranger and programmer
2005 Domino Tony Scott Additional music
2006 Déjà Vu Tony Scott Music programmer
2007 Catacombs Tomm Coker and David Elliot Composer
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Andrew Adamson Music programmer
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Gavin Hood Additional Music and programmer
The Taking of Pelham 123 Tony Scott Additional Music and programmer
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Mike Newell Music programmer
Unstoppable Tony Scott Additional Music and programmer
2011 Fast Five Justin Lin Additional music
Cowboys & Aliens Jon Favreau Music programmer
2012 Total Recall Len Wiseman Additional Music
2013 Exile to Babylon Domagoj Mazuran Composer
Dead in Tombstone Roel Reiné Composer
2014 The Equalizer Antoine Fuqua Programmer / Additional Music[29]
Hercules Brett Ratner Programmer / Additional Arrangements[30]
2015 Blackhat Michael Mann Programmer / Additional Music[31]

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Notes
2012 Little Dogs Composer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Notes
2001 Lotus Challenge Composer
2012 Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Composer
2014 Driveclub Composer

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Hybrid: "Music that isn't disposable"". JIVEMagazine.com. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  4. ^ "Hybrid Soundsystem 01". Hope Recordings. 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2009-05-12. [dead link]
  5. ^ Unofficial Hybrid Discography - Hybrid Interview. Breakbeatpolice.com (2010-04-16). Retrieved on 2012-12-12.
  6. ^ Plus, Hybrid. (2009-10-29) Hybrid - Break My Soul Orchestral Recording (Prague) on Vimeo. Vimeo.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-13.
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  8. ^ Music for Unstoppable « Hybrid. Hybridsoundsystem.com (2010-10-01). Retrieved on 2012-12-12.
  9. ^ Blind Side : Free Download! « Hybrid. Hybridsoundsystem.com (2011-03-15). Retrieved on 2012-12-12.
  10. ^ Music for Cowboys & Aliens « Hybrid. Hybridsoundsystem.com (2011-04-06). Retrieved on 2012-12-12.
  11. ^ Ghost Recon Future Soldier Score « Hybrid. Hybridsoundsystem.com (2012-04-27). Retrieved on 2012-12-12.
  12. ^ Distinctive Records. Distinctive Records (2012-06-21). Retrieved on 2012-12-12.
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  27. ^ [1][dead link]
  28. ^ "Remix Interview: Dance-music duo Hybrid discuss recording I Choose Noise | Interview with Hybrid’s Chris Healings and Mike Truman on latest album, I Choose Noise". Remixmag.com. 2006-12-01. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  29. ^ http://www.hybridscores.com/aproject/the-equalizer/
  30. ^ http://www.hybridscores.com/aproject/hercules-2/
  31. ^ http://www.hybridscores.com/aproject/blackhat/

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