Play the Ripple Effect’s Hybrids for some friends of different musical persuasions and without telling them who it is and you’ll probably be surprised by the guesses. Fans of IDM, aka Intelligent Dance Music (i.e., stuff that draws on 20th-century classical music more than disco), will likely think it’s a collaboration involving Four Tet, Boards of Canada, Squarepusher or Andrea Parker. World-fusion fans may think it’s the latest effort from Banco de Gaia or Euphoria. Jazz fans will think of Graham Haynes late-’90s electronic projects and perhaps some of the more ambitious collaborations from Billy Martin or Ben Neill.
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