Sunday, 13 October 2013

High Contrast - Music Is Everything


High Contrast - Music Is Everything (Hospital Records, 2002)

This track from Lincoln Barrett appeared on his debut album True Colours in 2002 and also opens the Kosheen mix that I featured yesterday. Barrett initially wanted to work in the film industry and studied at Newport Film School, graduating with a 2:1. But when he discovered drum and bass he fell in love with the music and knew that's what he wanted to do. He got a job at Cardiff's Catapult Records, started producing and gained a residency at the Silent Running night and it wasn't long before he was signed by Hospital Records. The vocals of 'Music Is Everything' sum up his passion for drum & bass:

"So I let the music just take control
Cause it rocks my body and it moves my soul
I can't stop dancing to the beat
And I just can't help it
Cause music is my life"

The vocals are borrowed from C+C Music Factory's 'Keep It Comin' (Dance Till You Can't Dance No More!)' and resung by Dionne Morgan. The track features a naggingly familiar Mike Oldfield-esque piano line throughout and gradually builds up over it, adding drums, horns, bongos and eventually a flowing bassline and strings. Barrett's background in film shines through in the soundtrack feel of the track and it's an impeccably produced piece of soulful, life affirming drum and bass with a positive message about the power of music.

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