High Contrast

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High Contrast
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High Contrast at EVE Nightclub in Miami Florida, on 25 March 2011, for an Embrace Miami & Hospitality Records Rave.
Background information
Birth name Lincoln Barrett
Born (1979-09-18) September 18, 1979 (age 34)
Origin Penarth, Wales
Genres Drum and bass, liquid funk
Years active 2000–present
Labels Hospital

Lincoln Barrett, better known by the stage name High Contrast (born 18 September 1979, Penarth, Cardiff), is a Welsh drum and bass DJ and producer.

History[edit]

Barrett grew up more interested in films and film soundtracks rather than music, and still cites Wendy Carlos's A Clockwork Orange soundtrack album and the Vangelis soundtrack for Blade Runner as defining musical influences. Whilst studying film making in Newport, he heard J Majik's Arabian Nights which turned the then 17-year-old Barrett on to drum and bass music. Barrett used to work in Cardiff's only electronic record shop, Catapult. A short time after he began to make music, he was given a DJ residency at Cardiff's drum and bass night, named Silent Running. During his residency at Silent Running, Barrett played alongside artists such as Grooverider and London Elektricity.

In June 2002, Barrett's debut album, True Colours, was released on Hospital Records, with "Return of Forever" and "Global Love" finding their way into the UK Singles Chart.[1] His second album was High Society.

On 6 April 2003, High Contrast was featured on the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix show. His mix included liquid funk mostly from the Hospital Records label. On 9 January 2005, this Essential Mix was replayed on Radio 1 when another drum and bass artist, Andy C, was unable to deliver his mix. In October 2005, Barrett launched his own record label, The Contrast. The first single, "Days Go By" / "What We Do" was released in early November 2005.

In 2007, he delivered his second effort, selected as 'Essential Mix of the Year' by Pete Tong.[2] His third album Tough Guys Don't Dance was released in October 2007. The second single from the album, "If We Ever", was supported on Radio 1 by Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Jo Whiley helping it to reach number 1 in the DnB chart, number 1 in the dance chart and number 4 in the Indie chart.[citation needed]

In 2008, High Contrast remixed the #1 single "No Way to Say" for the Japanese Ayumi Hamasaki's remix album, Ayu-mi-x 6: Silver. He also made successful remixes of "Hometown Glory" by Adele and "Pjanoo" by Eric Prydz, which were later included on the album, Confidential. He has started producing house tracks under the alias 'Two Fisted Tales', with tracks released so far including "Fugue State" and "Rushmore". He played them during his take over for the Rob Da Bank show on BBC Radio 1 in January 2009.

He played at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Barrett currently is a resident DJ at the following clubs: Hospitality as part of Hospital Records at Matter in London (previously at Heaven); Aperture at Clwb Ifor Bach (The Welsh Club) in Cardiff; and at Roxy in Prague. He is also on regular rotation at Fabric in London.

High Contrast played a key role in selecting and producing the music for the Athletes Parade at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. Half a dozen tracks by High Contrast were played and are present in the event's official soundtrack Isles of Wonder.

Personal life[edit]

His father, Paul 'Legs' Barrett, used to manage Shakin' Stevens. His mother, Lorraine Barrett, was the Welsh Assembly member for Cardiff South and Penarth until May 2011.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Make it Tonight" / "Mermaid Scar" (2001)
  • "Return of Forever" (2002)
  • "Global Love" (2002) (UK #68)
  • "Basement Track" (2003) (UK #65)
  • "Twilight's Last Gleaming" (2004) (UK #74)
  • "Angels and Fly" (2004)
  • "Racing Green" / "St Ives" (2004) (UK #73)
  • "When the Lights Go Down" / "Magic" (2005)
  • "Days Go By" / "What We Do" (2005)
  • "Everything's Different" / "Green Screen" (2007)
  • "If We Ever" / "Pink Flamingos" (released 16 July 2007)
  • "In A Gadda Da Vida" / "Forever And A Day" (2007)
  • "The First Note Is Silent" (with Tiësto and Underworld) (2011) (UK #48)
  • "The Agony & The Ecstasy" (feat. Selah Corbin) (2012)
  • "Spectrum Analyser" / "Some Things Never Change" (2013)

Remixes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 252. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ BBC.co.uk
  3. ^ Hospitalrecords.com

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