The wait is over – Hybris’ debut LP has dropped on Noisia’s Invisible Recordings imprint, and quite a treat it is too. Spanning a healthy 15 tracks and exploring different styles and tempos alongside a healthy dose of dark D&B.
Asides from the previously covered singles, there’s a plethora of great D&B on show here. Night Boss brings to mind Phace & Misanthrop’s excellent output in terms of precision and heft, while Subversion provides a bouncy dancefloor roller that I’d challenge anyone not to nod their head to. The Czech-based producer pushes the boundaries into stranger riddims on Northeast Groove, with some excellent use of creepy atmospherics, a trend that’s continued on the angular aggression of Tweakers.
On a more experimental tip Hybris explores groovy glitch-hop on the excellent Call Me Chuck, and even finds time to explore faintly garage-ish territory on the uplifting Every Day Away. Last but by no means least, the LP is punctuated by three epic, sometimes beatless compositions which sit perfectly within the album’s flow and showcase a flair for sound design and texture. The gloom and crackle of Zkouska Siren in particular had me grinning ear to ear.
Overall this is a fantastic accomplishment from a great producer and well worth a listen for anyone who likes their D&B deep, dark and a little bit weird. Check out the clips below and grab yourself a copy from your favourite store now!