Following his collaboration “Scribble” on Underworld’s album “Barking” last year, and his remix of Tiësto's “Kaleidoscope” in 2009, the Cardiff based producer behind such contemporary classics as “Racing Green”, “If We Ever” and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” is back to take up his rightful place as one of UK dance music’s elite.
“The First Note Is Silent” will be the first single from High Contrast new album, which is due out February 2012 on Hospital. The track is a superb demonstration of his ear for a good hook bringing in the talents of stadium trance maestro Tiësto and legendary UK electronic outfit Underworld.
Expect soaring, feel-good synths with the uplifting rush of Tiësto’s trademark trance, euphoric piano keys, pounding drums and yearning polished vocals from Karl Hyde in “The First Note Is Silent”, gelled together in with the expansive widescreen production for which High Contrast has become known.
On the flip, “Fearful Symmetry” sees High Contrast go solo for an equally impressive outing. Eerie soundscapes set the scene before a weighty, throbbing drone and hissing percussion kicks in, as the tune rolls hard into the drop with a surprisingly dark, tech-y edge. Fear not though, this is still High Contrast doing what he does best with a grinding riff, sparkling synths, buckets of dancefloor energy and bags of class.
High Contrast’s last release - 2009's greatest hits “Confidential” - contained some of his biggest remixes to date including re-works of Adele, The Streets, Eric Prydz, Missy Elliot, Basement Jaxx and many more, proving that it is possible to transcend the underground and mainstream boundary, whilst maintaining credibility and popularity in both arenas.