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.