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  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Hospital Records
  • ASIN: B001VE1GSE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,591 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Racing Green
  2. Return of Forever
  3. If We Ever
  4. Seven Notes in Black
  5. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  6. Twilights Last Gleaming
  7. Tread Softly
  8. Lovesick
  9. Music Is Everything
  10. The Persistence of Memory
  11. The Basement Track
  12. When the Lights Go Down

Disc: 2

  1. Adele 'Hometown Glory'
  2. The Streets 'Has it Come to This'
  3. High Contrast 'The Basement Track (HC's Upstairs Downstairs remix)'
  4. Omni Trio 'Renegade Sanres'
  5. Eric Prydz 'Pjanoo'
  6. London Elektricity 'Remember the Future'
  7. Utah Saints 'Somethign Good 08'
  8. Ils 'No Soul'
  9. Missy Elliot 'We Run This'
  10. Blaze 'Most Precious Love'
  11. Blue Sonix 'This Feeling'
  12. Basement Jaxx 'Hey You'
  13. London Elektricity 'My Dreams'

Product description

Product Description

Successor to The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx and Underworld, High Contrast is another exceptional British dance music artist conquering the world's dancefloors. Making his debut way back in 2001, he's come a long way.

Hospital Records - a label at the top of its game - 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 d+b, 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.

A first-class collection of High Contrast originals on this two disc extravaganza, is 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 musics cutting edge. From current 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+bass, but a producer whose ability to reach a wider audience through the accessibility of his music is unparalleled.

World beating, scene changing drum+bass; this is how it's done!

BBC Review

The new album from High Contrast (aka Welshman Lincoln Barrett) divides itself between the drum and bass star's original productions and his prolific work as a remixer. Having made his debut back in 2001, High Contrast has blazed a trail through the drum and bass scene, his performances on the decks earning as many plaudits as his work behind the mixing desk (including the Radio 1 Essential Mix of the Year award in 2007). His sound is undoubtedly slick but, as this album goes to show, it can be bland, too.

2004's High Society is the best represented album on the disc of High Contrast's own productions. But while the unusual chiming quality of the bass on Twilight's Gleaming and the old-school house organ melody on Basement Track snag the listener, their effect is undermined by perfunctory drums and predictable bassline progressions. Four tracks from 2007 - three from the album Tough Guys Don't Dance and one 12'' release (When the Lights Go Down) - prove more engaging. If We Ever unleashes a ferocious Amen break beneath interesting sliding strings; Tread Softly reaches back to the lush, hypnotic vibe of mid-90s ambient drum and bass; Kiss Kiss Bang Bang wraps itself around an irresistibly catchy sample taken from Julie London's version of Cry Me a River.

The remixes disc sees relatively obscure drum and bass and breakbeat movers and shakers such as Omni Trio and ILS rub shoulders with regular UK chart habitués Basement Jaxx, The Streets and Adele. The remix of the latter's Hometown Glory constructs a fantastic melodic line from her vocal voice, but it's on The Streets' Has It Come to This that High Contrast can be heard having the most fun, blending the track's vocal hook with elements of his own drum and bass remix of RIP Groove's speed garage anthem Double 99.

Hearing this, you wish High Contrast would cut loose or go for a sound that's a little rougher around the edges more often. Obviously talented, he has carved out a niche that has brought him success, but that shows scant interest in adventure. --Chris Power

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