“I USED TO THINK YOU COULD BE MORE PRESCRIPTIVE MAKING AN ALBUM, THEN I REALISED YOU CAN’T CONTROL IT IN ADVANCE, YOU’RE BETTER OFF JUST FOLLOWING YOUR HEART AND NOT OVERTHINKING IT. MUSIC IS AN ESCAPE FROM THE LINEARITY OF NARRATIVE AND LANGUAGE AND FROM A WHOLE LOT ELSE.” – Lincoln Barrett
These words resonate deep with me; music is an exquisite escape from reality and a universal language that permeates the very fabric of our souls whether we are aware of it or not. High Contrast’s song Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was the first Drum’n’Bass song I ever heard, and it single handedly turned me on to DnB. Hell, it changed the way I danced at shows, and it changed the way I listened to the drums in all music from that point forward. Years later, I am writing a blog post about this incredible DJ and producer known formally as Lincoln Barrett. I didn’t really know anything about the guy until I read the BIO on his website, but he’s a very interesting character. His musical influences are vast and when he started out he was actually more interested in film than music. Thankfully for us he chose the latter as his main vocation, and the rest is history. If you have a minute, please go read his story and jam some of his tunes, this guy really is a legend.
If you don’t have a minute, at least let me perk your ears to some other classic beat-makers that I only just discovered through him:
• Theo Parrish
• Depth Charge
• Grooverider, and this track for something a little darker
• DJ Zinc
High Contrast has remained relevant and far ahead of the curve through his dynamic stylizations of sonic sound waves. With 6 albums in tow and some seriously dope music coming out of 2017, I don’t think we will see him stop any time soon. This track in particular comes off his Questions EP from March of last year and it is a beautiful piece of work. Clear some space in your living room and have a flail session!
Peace and Love >>> Keto