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High Contrast / High Society
Album:High Society Collection:General
Artist:High Contrast Added:12/2004
Label:Breakbeat Science 

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Add Date:2004-12-19 Pull Date:2005-02-18 Charts:RPM/Electronica
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Album Review
Captain Dee
Reviewed 2004-12-17 
This is the new release on Breakbeat Science. High Contrast, by the way, is also a contributor to Hospital Records, a great premier drum & bass label.

High Contrast is back with more high-octane, slightly jazzy drum & bass grooves. The whole album has a cinematic aura in its synth/orchestra loops and soundscapes. All the tracks are long, sometimes too long. It’s all pretty traditional and certainly doesn’t push any envelopes. But who cares - this is drum & bass solidly executed. Fun stuff.

My picks: Tracks 1, 4, 8 are *bangin’* – excellent! Also try: 5, 11.

Track by track inside ----->

- Captain Dee, 12-2004


*1. Kickass beat, electronic arpeggios, vocal/spoken samples about love, a mix of horns riffs, piano chords, and synth ambience. (7:12)
2. Dance party stuff. Pumping beat, electronic bloops, soulful vox samples. (6:04)
3. Old orchestrated soundtrack-ish riffs, mid-tempo MCing. Reminds me of old Roni Size. (5:23)
*4. Ethereal female vocal loop, great harsh beat, spooky background. (5:42)
*5. Crashing beat, energetic melody, vox samples. Good racing music. (6:44)
6. FCCs: “shit.” British female rapping, dark club/booty feel. (5:10)
7. 80’s-ish synths, rolling beat. Fast driving music? (6:23)
*8. Swirling atmosphere, spacey melodies, catchy bass interacts well with the beat. Chase scene in outerspace, perhaps. (6:28)
9. In-your-face beat, funky vibe, more female vox samples. Celebratory. (7:35)
10. Clapping beat, distant electric guitar, cheesy male vocals. I’m bored. (4:31)
*11. Enchanting ambience and guitar underneath sci-fi groove and echoing samples. (5:48)
12. Dancey, big breaks, female vox, sax. Predictable. This is the “bonus track,” but I think by “bonus” they mean “boring.” (5:41)

Track Listing
1.Lovesick 7.Angels and Fly
2.Tutti Frutti 8.The Persistence of Memory
3.High Society 9.Twilight's Last Gleaming
4.Brief Encounter 10.Only Two Can Play
5.Racing Green 11.Yesterday's Colours
6.Natural High 12.The Basement Track