2018 Dec 03     
2 Bit Thugs

The EP tops off what has been a busy 2018 for Hybrasil

2018 has been a special year for Irish live act Hybrasil, who has played some landmark gigs including the Electric Picnic Festival in his homeland and slots at Amnesia, Ibiza. He also relocated from his native Dublin to techno central, Berlin, and released tracks on Gregor Tresher’s Break New Soil label. But back to his own label, Hybrasil, and here he delivers a three-track behemoth of a release. 

Up first is Ptah itself, which starts with a kickdrum and builds in volume with an acidic 303 riff that should please house and techno fans alike as it comes ever more into focus and mesmerises listeners, while other acidic riffs ebb and flow through the skilfully manipulated soundscape Hybrasil crafts. Next up is Ares, which kicks off with tribal drums, synth stabs and flowing tones. This track has already found favour with Dave Clarke, who aired it on his legendary White Noise Radio show, and you can hear why: it's a track that'll be perfect for cavernous soundsystems and larger dancefloors. Completing the package with some finesse is Amen Bey, a track which has sci-fi leanings, epitomised by huge space-age morphing synth sounds that culminate in a number of massive breakdowns, giving the track a spatial feel as giant, almost siren-like sounds are emitted from your speakers.

This release is the epitome of the "less is more" philosophy of music production. Out of three superb cuts, Amen Bey is my favourite, thanks to the sci-fi influences that take it to a whole new level.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 26 November



Review Score: 8




Tags: Hybrasil, Berlin, Dave Clarke, Gregor Tresher, techno