Since first bursting onto the scene with the now classic album Wide Angle in 1999, the Swansea, Wales-based Hybrid have been known as one of the most forward thinking and technically skilled acts in electronic dance music. Blurring the line between in-studio production and live presentation, Hybrid are one of the few remaining dance acts to perform live with a classic band setup.
Though, much has changed on the road to Hybrid's fourth artist album Disappear Here. Most notable is the addition of Hybrid's third member - singer/ songwriter Charlotte James - to go along with founders Chris Healings and Mike Truman. Charlotte's impact is marked as Disappear Here is truly an album of real songs and more than dance beats with vocals on top.
It offers a lot more than anything Hybrid has ever previously written and pushes boundaries in every way.
With Disappear Here, Hybrid have managed to create an epic and unique sound which has progressed dramatically from its original dance inception but still retains much of what makes electronic music so exciting.
"This album offers a lot more than anything we've managed to write in the past," Healings says. "Charlotte comes from that singer / songwriter / performer world and she really inspired us to write something much more song based. Working so much with her we feel like there's a feeling of going somewhere else or doing something that will last longer in a live capacity. The music definitely reflects our desire to be a band but firmly rooted in dance music."
Disappear Here is out on March 29th 2010 on Distinctive Records