DRUM + BASS // HOSPITAL RECORDS // BREAKBEAT SCIENCE··
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
d+b scene in no time at all.
His debut longplayer "True Colours" was released on Hospital
(UK) and Breakbeat Science (US) to massive critical acclaim in
June 2002, paving the way for a move onto the outernational dj
circuit and remixer of choice for so many labels inside and outside
of the drum+bass community. It was the club sessions and mixing
skills that dominated the year since the True Colours – with
Lincoln making a name for himself as one of the hottest D&B
Lincoln grew up more interested in film than music (although his
father was involved in the music industry - managing Shakin' Stevens & The
Sunsets, up until Shakey did the dirty on his band). He studied
at Newport Film School, yet it was as a fresh-faced 17-year old,
that Lincoln was turned onto drum+bass by J Majik's "Arabian
Nights" - drawn in, not by the beats or bass, but the whole
soundscape - and his career was set to change. He pursued his passion
for film on a degree course at Cardiff University, whilst also
mastering Cubase, and getting to grips with a mixer and turntables.
He secured a residency at Cardiff's d+b night "Silent Running",
along with a part-time job at the city's excellent Catapult record
shop, and somehow managed to hold this lot down whilst getting
quality marks for his college work.
Through Silent Running Lincoln played alongside a roll-call of
well-known d+b producers and deejays : from John B to Grooverider,
Marky to Digital, plus the pair known as London Elektricity. Tony
and Chris were showcased some early High Contrast demos on a portable
minidisc in the Catapult basement. Sufficiently impressed, phonecalls
and emails followed until the arrival of "Passion" and "Suddenly" elicited
the appropriate paperwork, and High Contrast was welcomed into
the Hospital fold.
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.
With film projects in the pipeline and some hot new tracks in production,
it looks like there’s a lot more to come from this man