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Audio Mix: Hybrid, Transitions Mix

Posted in Downloads, Music Reviews with tags , , , , on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 by raeflect

Hybrid, the electronic brainchild of UK’ers Mike Truman and Chris Healings, remains one of my favorite techno/ electronic groups to date.  Their stylish mix of trance, progressive house, and their inventive drum breaks cement their reputation as a very solid DJ act.  Their debut LP “Wide Angle” came out in 1999, and although I didn’t discover it until a few years after the release, their amazing mix of electronic beats and live string arrangements pulled me into the diverse world of techno, and broke ground for a future love of all things electronic.

Their distinctive style has evolved into something all their own, but comparisons can be drawn from such powerhouse electronic acts such as Massive Attack, Portishead, John Digweed, and Underworld.  Many live trance acts mar their performance (in my opinion) with unnecessary vocal samples, often in the flavor of a female vocalist voicing shallow philosophy or heartbreak, but Hybrid uses a more opera style female vocals very tastefully, and not as a main aspect of their live mixes.

Their latest live mix, which debuted on Transitions (Kiss 100) in the UK (DJ’d by John Digweed) last October, draws from a great list of remixed tracks:

01) Rufus Wainwright – Tiergarten (Supermayer Remix) [Kompakt]
02) Layo & Bushwaka – Now Is The Time (Original Mix) [Olmeto]
03) James Talk & Ridney – Sunshyne (Original Mix) [CDR]
04) Tim Davison – Love You Bye (Original Mix) [CDR]
05) Shilo & Radiohead – Flywheel / Nude (Hybrid Re-Edit) [CDR]
06) Tim Davison & Stacey Kitson – Deliver Me (Less Vox Mix) [CDR]
07) Hybrid & Charlotte James – The Formula Of Fear (Hybrid Remix) [Disctinctive]
08) Leftfield – Song For Life (Tim Davison Mix) [CDR]
09) Dive & Jin Sonic – Play (Wolfgang Gartner Dub) [U-Boot]

These tracks flow effortlessly into each other, creating a great mix for a late night dance party or as a soundtrack to any other activity: Driving, gaming, or smoking. Starting with the more chill Wainwright, and transitioning into the next track, this mix gains steam, eventually building into the deep trance, low frequency beats I love Hybrid for.

You can find this mix, free and legal at:

If you dig this mix, I highly recommend the ‘DJ Set on Frisky Radio Pt. 1’ which you can find, along with tons of other sets at:

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Above and Beyond Anjunabeats Tour

Posted in Concert Dates with tags , , , , , , on Friday, October 24, 2008 by Nicholas Blexrud

Critically acclaimed Above and Beyond, have risen to the top of the charts with songs like Miracle and other euphoric remixes. With their long-awaited Oceanlab album, they will continue to make waves in the global dance community.  The masterminds behind the sound, Jono, Paavo, and Tony, reinvent what trance DJ’s should inspire to be: Above and Beyond. The trio is torpedo with its sights set on making a tsunami of transient sound. I raise my hands and applaud them for their ability to create distinctive and dreamy trance, while keeping my feet in sync with beat. Above and Beyond are currently on their Anjunabeats world tour visiting the eastern countries like Twain, Korea, China, and Australia.

30-Oct-08 Halloween Party @ Manilla, Philipines
31-Oct-08 Halloween Massive, Taipei, Taiwan
01-Nov-08 GK @ Wakerhill, Seoul, Korea
06-Nov-08 G+ or SOS, Hangzhou, China

07-Nov-08 GT Banana, Beijing, China
08-Nov-08 G+, Shanghai, China
22-Nov-08 Global Gathering, Melbourne
23-Nov-08 Global Gathering, Perth
28-Nov-08 Global Gathering, Aukland NZ
29-Nov-08 Global Gathering, Canberra
29-Nov-08 Global Gathering, Brisbane
Turf Club
30-Nov-08 Global Gathering, Sydney
06-Dec-08 International Exhibition Center, Ukraine
13-Dec-08 ZoukOUT Festival, Malaysia

But for those of you who don’t live in or near those countries, you can still listen to Trance Around the World with Above and Beyond broadcasts at Cheers Guys!