Hybrid Minds have become standard bearers for soulful, lifting music at 174 bpm moving into 2012, only a few short years into their fledgling yet illustrious career so far. Drawing justifiable comparisons with genre stalwart and icon Calibre, the talented duo have mastered their production technique since Sensa, Haste, and the talented male vocalist Grimm joined forces, delivering a series of meticulous and educated releases that belie their relative infancy within the scene. After the success of their stellar debut EP on AudioPorn Records – with the official video for ‘Lost’ racking up nearly 500,000 views – Hybrid Minds return with a four-track release on Mainframe that presents their emotional yet carefully arranged work, with a few surprises in between. Featuring the collaborative efforts of the creative and versatile Anile, paired with Katie’s Ambition’s smooth vocals on ‘Fade,’ the EP solidifies and expands Hybrid Minds’ glowing reputation that has drawn praise from all corners of the scene.
Fade Ft. Katie’s Ambition
Opening with a succession of violin strings, pensive piano chords and Katie’s Ambition’s poignant yet understated vocals, ‘Fade’ is signature Hybrid Minds. Combined with its undulating, passive-aggressive drum arrangement, the track displays a perfect blend of orchestral emotion within a 174 structure.
‘Heartfelt’ is a shuffling, eclectic sum of parts, employing Grimm’s immediately recognisable vocals over a series of dominating bouncy chords and twinkling futuristic elements.
Hitch Hiker Ft. Anile
Pairing the duo with Portuguese tech maestro Anile, ‘Hitch Hiker’ marries scuttling percussion and a lingering menace with deadly mid-range maneouvers, showcasing Hybrid Minds’ diversity by presenting a refreshingly tearing departure from the engaging musicality we have come to expect from the duo.
‘Why’ introduces echoing ‘Why Weren’t You There’ vocals to plucking chords, with a careful attention to detail towards its snares and claps, to create a structure that focuses on fine tuned two-step as opposed to the rolling arrangement of ‘Fade.’
Hybrid Minds - Heartfelt EP
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A. Fade Ft. Katie's Ambition
C. Hitch Hiker Ft. Anile
Label: Mainframe Recordings
Cat. # MFR004 EP
Format: Digital Download
Release Date: 10/09/12
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