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|1. Return Of Forever|
|2. True Colors|
|3. Global Love|
|6. Make It Tonight|
|7. Music Is Everything|
|8. Remember When|
|9. Savoir Faire|
|10. Mermaid Scar|
This is a highly listenable album, perfect for the car or at home, whilst not detracting from the dancefloor-friendly nature of most of the tunes. High Contrast's production style combines lush string textures, female vocals, brass swells and crisp breakbeats with snaking sub-bass riffs and filtered synths. This is well trodden ground for many drum & bass acts who have released CD albums, but High Contrast succeeds in maintaining interest and clarity throughout the duration of the album, where artists like Alex Reece and Goldie have previously failed to deliver.
Standout tracks include the hypnotic opener, "Return Of Forever", with its anthemic builds and 80's style synth bass, and the lush roller "Make It Tonight" which loops a filtered female vocal and swirling synth pads over a chugging bass and trademark beats.
If you are new to the sound of drum & bass and would like to test the water, this would be an excellent place to start. Overall, 'True Colours' successfully evolves the genre from the sound of EZ Rollers and Peshay, disposing of the noodly jazz elements and taking a subtle influence from the UK garage sound.
There is more than enough melody and flow to hold the interest of the passive listener, whilst still delivering hard and satisfying rhythms capable of cutting it at loud parties. On the whole, this is quite a tame album by drum and bass standards, if only because it doesn't attempt anything pretentious or new. Nor does High Contrast cater for the darker, moodier elements favoured by artists like Grooverider or Ed Rush.Read more ›