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High Contrast (born September 18, 1979) is the stage name of Lincoln Barrett, a Welsh drum and bass DJ and music producer, hailing from Penarth, Cardiff, Wales.
Strongly influenced by the film soundtracks of Wendy Carlos’ “A Clockwork Orange” and Vengelis’ “Blade Runner”, it was later J Majik’s “Arabian Nights”, which inspired the young Welshman to start crafting drum and bass music. After working in a local electronic record shop and honing his skills in his spare time, Barrett was offered residency at the drum and bass night Silent Running, where he would play alongside artists such as Grooverider and London Elektricity.
The producer released his debut album “True Colours” in 2002 on Hospital Records in the UK and Breakbeat Science in the U.S. The album spawned the singles “Return of Forever” and “Global Love” both of which ended up charting in the UK singles chart. Following a feature on BBC Radio 1’s “Essential Mix” show in 2003, High Contrast released his sophomore album “High Society” in 2004.
Having started his own label The Contrast in 2005, Barrett self-released the single “Days Go By” / “What We Do” in November of that year. Featuring heavy promotion from BBC Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac, Zane Low and Jo Whiley, High Contrast’s third album “Tough Guys Don’t Dance” was issued in October 2007, and reached No. 1 on the UK drum and bass chart. An album of remixes was released in 2009, with mixes of the singles “Hometown Glory” by Adele, and “Pjanoo” by Eric Prydz of those featured.
After playing 2011’s Coachella Music Festival and earning residency at Matter in London, Aperture at Club Ifor Bach, and Roxy in Prague, Barrett helped curate the music for the Athletes Parades for the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. Also in 2012 High Contrast released the album “The Agony and The Ecstasy”, which reached No. 45 in the UK albums chart, and the EP “The Road Goes On Forever”.