Robb writes beautiful haunting melodies, resonant drums, deep subs, subtle synths in new age, ambient, rock and world inspired styles. He throws caution to the wind, applying his own bold ideas to the tracks and incorporating previously unseen vocals and effects. The album takes you on a journey through his creative mind, flowing seamlessly between the fusions. The CD begins with 'Compulsion', a pulsating 3/4 track with driving synths and a heart beat bass drum, fusing new age with dance and electro influences. This is followed by 'Reliberation', an ethnic tabla leads you into trippy offbeat drums, vocoded vocals, stabbing synth arpeggios and leading you out with wailing guitar, distant piano and sliding koto. Track three is 'Mystic Aura'. A classical piano influenced track, with debussy style dischords played as arpeggios, layered with mysterious strings. A surprise awaits you after the first variation of the piece.... Moving on to 'The Pathway', we enter a different realm of Robb's composition. A beautifully haunting remix of a Mhyst track, very tastefully reworked with a captivating sampled Steinway piano, lazy offbeat drums, distortion guitar and the beguiling poetry of Corinne Roosevelt Robinson. Track five moves gracefully into classic new age styling with 'Whispering Dawn'. At the start, Robb utilises a flam as part of his intro drum track, with several multi-timbre padding from the Korg synthesiser, a phased arpeggiated poly leads you into the main theme with the feel that the track increases in speed and intensity, an auditory illusion thrown in to delight the listener, proving Robb's attention to detail in the piece. The ending is blended with a further literary work, a poem by co-writer Mhyst. Next we have the album's title track 'Hidden Within', the first track produced for this CD. The drums are strong, shuffled and slightly remeniscent of deep forest. The ethnic flute melody carries the track, backed up by sweeping phased pads and barely there bassline. Progressing on to 'Inner Peace' which still retains the ethnic feel but at a much more laid back tempo with delayed snares, background vibes, asian guitar and a far away abyss pipe. Robb does not leave it there though, adding some orchestral strings in the distance. Here we have 'A Lonely Place' which as a musical artform, describes itself very well. Robb paints you the picture of the lonely place inside his mind at the time of writing. Fusing that with arabian melodics and a truly awesome vastness in the padding, you get this fantastic piece which given the right mood, is truly mind blowing. Track eight is 'Exodus' and here comes the tabla for an encore but with a difference. Adding an African and South American feel to the drums in combination with this creates a wonderfully different and diverse piece. Just wait until you hear the vocals... 'Awakening' follows with an opening designed to leave you wondering what happens next and what does happen is unexpected but incredible nonetheless. The whole track rests on the Porcelain-esque piano theme, but Robb had not heard the Moby track before he compiled this and was amazed to know of it. So subtle, yet so powerful. The public domain traditional Scottish folk song 'These Are My Mountains' sung expressively by Mhyst, Robb's co-writer, is laid bare and minimal but delivers the song in a way which has not been attempted previously. 'Angel' by Sarah McLachlan, remixed by Robb, sung by Mhyst. This track is only available currently on the CD format. You are sent away into the distance with the slightly melancholy 'Berhtulf'. The vocal pad is a multi-layer synth plugin created in the studio during production using Robb's voice as the main sound and then sampled and sequenced into the track. The drum is a very slow shuffle which you would not traditionally find within this type of music, however it works very well. A soft and ambient ending to an exceptional debut album from a producer bursting with potential.