DNB Dojo Mix Series 88: Hybris

This one is pretty special…we’re incredibly excited to bring you an exclusive mix today from the one and only Hybris! Packed full of cuts from his own label Pseudoscience alongside classics from the man himself for Subtitles and Metalheadz, plus cuts from imprints like Sofa Sound, Guidance and Invisible, this is an hour long masterclass in the intricate, technical end of D&B. Sick selections!

As always you can check out the mix via Soundcloud below or head to Youtube or iTunes to stream. You can also grab a download from Google Drive.

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Premiere: Hybris – Not Bug

Hybris and his Pseudoscience imprint return this month and we’re hyped to have a premiere of title track Not Bug for you today! Combining the producer’s trademark flare for sound design and heavyweight texture with techno-inflected rhythms and a catchy synth hook, this one thunders along on a pulsing tide of sub and unusual percussion. Sick tune! Look out for this coming on the Not Bug EP from Dec 12th at all the usual digital stores…

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Q&A – Hybris

Hybris has had a good couple of years; not everyone can boast of collaborations with Noisia, not to mention having their debut LP released on the trio’s prestigious Invisible imprint. With a new track just out on Melbourne’s Plasma Audio imprint we tracked down the Czech Tech wizard for a quick chat about his latest work, collaborating with the Dutch legends and his favourite studio snacks. Continue reading

Authentic Music Return!

Czech tech imprint Authentic Music have been pretty quiet until recently, but they’re coming out of hibernation in a big way this month with the release of two compilation EPs featuring some of the best tracks from the label back catalogue. The first one is out right now featuring cuts from Hybris, A-Cray, Bone and Peejay & Panorama, and if you like your beats crunchy and forward thinking it should be right up your street.

Besides the Square One EP we can look forward to the next one (you guessed it – Square Two) dropping from Jan 18th on Juno and Jan 25th elsewhere. Featuring another fine selection from A-Cray, Ower, Definate and Hemoglobin, this is equally worth a look if you missed the tracks first time around.

As if all that wasn’t enough they’ve also released the first teaser of their next project, Art of Deception. Look out for more news on this soon, but meantime you can check out the clip of Revaux’s satisfying chunky Solidify below. 

Noisia – Incessant EP [Vision]

Regular readers will know we’re big fans of Noisia here at the Dojo, and doubly so when we can get our grubby mits on new vinyl! The Incessant EP sees the two exclusive tracks from the Ten Years of Vision compilation getting a wax pressing alongside two brand new tracks from the ever busy dutch trio.

As ever the tracks display that bass-line finesse and attention to detail which only Noisia can provide, with Banshee opting for a deeper vibe while Mefjus & Hybris collab Clusterfunk hits down with an absolutely mental rhythm! Check out the clips below and head to the Noisia Store to grab a copy on vinyl or digital from April 20th.

Eastcolors – Could Be [Demand Records]

Demand Records aren’t messing around this year – hot on the heels of a great single from Mortem comes a new 3-track from Eastcolors showing off the first track from his forthcoming LP for the label alongside two other new beats.

Could Be provides a chunky slab of techstep with an instantly memorable vocal and some great bass modulations, followed by a big stomping remix from Hybris that’s sure to do the damage on the dancefloor. The real star of the show here though is Traffic & Noel collab Dreams; a perfect combo of smooth MCing, crisp breaks and kinetic bass. The keen eared among you may remember this from S.P.Y’s recent Essential Mix for Radio 1, and we suspect you’ll be hearing it a whole lot more over the coming weeks! Check out the clips below and pick up a copy on vinyl or digital now!

Hybris – Emergence LP [Invisible Recordings]

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!

Hybris – Garbage Truck [Invisible Recordings]

The build up for Hybris forthcoming LP for Invisible Recordings continues with Garbage Truck, the second single from the album following last month’s Timeloop. The lead track is an angular, clattering drum workout with beats dropping like bombs from every angle and robotic bass squelching in and out of the mix. Night Boss provides something a bit more rolling, and brings to mind the excellent early singles from Phace & Misanthrop’s Neosignal catalogue.

Perhaps no surprise then that the release is closed out with a remix from none other than Misanthrop! The German neuro producer makes Garbage Truck his own, amping the tension on the intro and replacing the madcap breaks with a rolling beat driven along by techno style bass stabs. Check out the clips below and look out for the single dropping from Monday August 11th on Beatport, with general release to follow from August 25th.

Hybris – Timeloop [Invisible]

Hybris gives us the first glimpse of his forthcoming album for Noisia’s Invisible imprint, due to drop in September. Timeloop features lush atmospheres on the intro leading up to a savage tech-funk drop; the main verse features some ultra-detailed percussion work too, and the precision of the whole thing is impressive to say the least.

Over on the flip Mind Grind opens up with eerie looped samples, gradually giving way to a menacing rising bassline which drops into a robotic drumstep riddim that should get your head nodding!

As if that wasn’t enough, Hybris and Invisible are giving away a free download to promote the release in the form of eWaste. Bringing together savage neurofunk bass, sci-fi soundscapes and a heavy hitting scattershot drum pattern, this one should shake things up on the dancefloor. Head over to the Invisible Soundcloud to grab a copy and watch out for the Timeloop single dropping July 14th at all good stores.

Gates of Dawn LP [Authentic Music]

Czech label Authentic Music touch down with their biggest release to date in the form of the Gates of Dawn LP. The album features a stunning array of tracks spanning all the styles of drum & bass, with particular highlights coming on Hybris twisted tech refix of Arp XP’s Five Black Forms and Distant Future’s epic roller Changes.

Elsewhere Ower turns in a jazzy slice of dancefloor business with Supermurgitroid, Survey treat us to their industrial blend of minimalist D&B, Bone turns in a wonderfully uplifting roller on the oddly titled Empty Place and Entita delivers a slice of straight up rolling tech on Other Side. The whole album is packed full of fantastic tunes so check out the clips below and watch out for the release from Feb 17th.