High Contrast – True Colours
True Colours takes regular drum & bass to the next level and is warmly welcomed in a genre where stagnating in dark territory had been the way of things. Tidy beats nestle with lush synths, sparse funky horns combine with soulful vocals, hypnotic breakdowns play off against more rugged stabs. The album is a big funky harmony spread lovingly across two discs (one of individual tunes and one all mixed up with two bonus tracks). High Contrast, aka Lincoln Barret, spectacularly showcases the smoother, brighter side of drum & bass, while still retaining a profound upbeat funkiness – it’s as useful for wearing a groove in the couch as it is for busting them on the dancefloor, grooves that is. Superb use of vocal samples layered over massive rolling grooves gives many of the tunes the instant anthem stamp of approval. Bass, drums and melody with a cheery dash of Prozac – sweet!
Sat / 27