WIDER ANGLE
HYBRID
DISTINCTIVE BREAKS
BY BRET MILLER

Hybrid are a touring electronic group who's late 2000 release is picking up in sales. Wider Angle is a re-release of last year's Wide Angle with the addition of a CD of live tracks and bonus cuts. The Wide Angle disc features Julee Cruise on vocals and strings by the Russian Federal Orchestra. Mike Truman and Chris Fielding's keyboards, samples and effects are often overpowered by the strings yet the exuberant breakbeats keep the tracks from getting too bogged down and new agey. Cruise's vocals are welcom on any album; her distinctive voice and delivery brightens such tracks as I Survive, the sultry I Know, the uplifting and ultra-funky Dream Your Dreams and she transforms into a disco diva on the jumping High Life. French rapper Soon E MC guests on Sinequanon with Mike Truman on Rhodes and Bass guitar. The track is overlong by four minutes but shows that Hybrid can pull off smooth soul music with panache. Snyper is boombastic and energetic and Them From Wide Angle kicks it up a notch with a trance beat, rolling keyboards and suave guitars by Lee Russell.
The Live Angle disc contains live versions of Snyper, High Life and Finished Symphony from disc one plus earlier material, focusing more on getting the audience to shake their rumps. Bonus cuts include Altitude with its funky breaks and swirly keyboards, Kill City's acid funk and Hybrid's reworking of the classic Pretenders song, here called Kid 2000 (12" Original Mix).
Hybrid's Wider Angle is well worth your time and money. If you are a fan of BT, Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method or L.A. artist George Sarah, then you should snatch up these discs. Also look for Hybrid's Additional Production By collection of their remixes of other artists.