The name High Contrast needs no introduction anymore; though when a young Lincoln Barrett signed on the dotted line back in 2000 he was a complete unknown. Signed on the strength of his mini-disc demos, the Welsh wonder has smashed his way through the drum’n'bass scene in no time at all.
His debut longplayer “True Colours” was released on Hospital to massive critical acclaim in June 2002, paving the way for a move onto the international DJ circuit and helping him become remixer of choice for so many labels inside and outside of the drum’n'bass community. It was the club sessions and mixing skills that dominated the year since “True Colours” – with Lincoln making a name for himself as one of the hottest drum’n'bass DJs around.
In Autumn 2004 he dropped the massive “High Society” LP; featuring the anthemic singles “Twilights Last Gleaming” and “Racing Green”. The album has already become the stuff of legend, with Knowledge Magazine voting it into there top 3 jungle albums of the last 10 years. More recently after reaching drum’n'bass superstardom he has releaed mix albums for Fabric and Mixmag and seen his White Stripes remix all over Radio 1. Missy Elliot and Blaze have also come knocking for a High Contrast remix and the worlds dance floors have been blown apart by that Gold Digger booty.
2007 saw the High Contrast success story continue, with the gargantuan single “If We Ever” all over Radio One, followed by arguably his finest album yet “Tough Guys Don’t Dance”. Rounding the year off with yet another huge remix – this time of Axwell’s Ibizan anthem “I Found You”, and his DJing skill saw him scoop BBC Radio 1′s Essential Mix of the year, no less.
Riding high on the wave of success following “Tough Guys”, it was straight into 2008 with huge remixes of Utah Saint’s “Something Good”, Adele’s “Hometown Glory” and Eric Prydz’s monster hit “Pjanoo”.
With High Contrast sitting firmly at dance music’s top table, 2009 sees him rocking a superclub near you. Headlining Hospitality at London’s huge “Matter” nightclub and coming through with more daring and genius drum’n'bass. Expect the unexpected as High Contrast looks to keep things fresh in 2009.
Hospital Records have cherry-picked this selection to represent the very finest moments of his catalogue so far. This extensive dossier contains no less than 25 heavy hitters. The evidence is plain to see. Adored, by both fans of drum’n'bass, house, rock, indie and electronica, High Contrast holds a unique position in the music scene – a fact reflected in this rich tapestry of musical reference points. High Contrast is the sound of Radio One on a Friday night – indeed “Racing Green” was the first-ever tune to be played on Annie Mac’s flagship show. Jo Whiley, Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Fabio & Grooverider are all huge fans.
“Confidential” is a first-class collection of High Contrast originals on the first CD, augmented by a remixing masterclass on the second CD. High Contrast’s remix discography is comprehensive. Some of the biggest names in popular music rubbing shoulders with exponents of dance music’s cutting edge. From chart toppers like Adele to early underground excursions with Ils and Omni Trio, this CD makes it easy to hear why High Contrast has become the go-to-guy for every Blackberry-waving A&R executive in the music biz. High Contrast has proved that his music is equally at home at midday on Radio One, as it is at 5am on the dancefloor at ‘Fabric’. High Contrast is not only the biggest thing in drum’n'bass, but a producer whose ability to reach a wider audience through the accessibility of his music is unparalleled. World beating, scene changing drum’n'bass, this is how it’s done!
“High Contrast has turned more non-junglists on to D+B than most of his peers put together” iDJ
“The King of deep drum+bass” Metro
“Hospital’s big dog reminds everyone who’s boss” Mixmag
01. Racing Green
02. Return Of Forever
03. If We Ever
04. Seven Notes In Black
05. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
06. Twilight’s Last Gleaming
07. Tread Softly
09. Music Is Everything
10. The Persistence Of Memory
11. The Basement Track
12. When The Lights Go Down
01. Adele – Hometown Glory
02. The Streets – Has It Come To This?
03. High Contrast – The Basement Track (HC’s Upstairs Downstairs Remix)
04. Omni Trio – Renegade Snares
05. Eric Prydz – Pjanoo
06. London Elektricity – Remember The Future
07. Utah Saints – Something Good ’08
08. Ils – No Soul
09. Missy Elliott – We Run This
10. Blaze Most – Precious Love
11. Blue Sonix – This Feeling
12. Basement Jaxx – Hey You
13. London Elektricity – My Dreams
The album High Contrast “Confidential” (Hospital) is going to be released May 1, 2009.