Standing out in a genre that seems to be taking more steps backward than forward, British electronic duo Hybrid have been a breath of fresh air since their 2003 sophomore release Morning Sci-Fi. Three years later, electronic music has seen some considerable advances, and Hybrid are back to push the envelope even further with I Choose Noise.
The Brits have tweaked some serious knobs on this one, churning out remarkably human melodies and percussions from some ice-cold circuitry. Guest vocalists such as Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction fame make this album as fascinating in the headphones as it is on the dancefloor. With vocals in progressive trance so often sounding tacked on at the last minute, Hybrid’s ability to center their tracks around their singers is a deadly weapon. Combined with some showcasing of their symphonic talents on tracks like “Just for Today,” I Choose Noise is by far one of the best electronic releases of the year.