As part of the legendary Annie Mac’s Free Music Monday giveaway, I’ve unleashed a new piece of music, to give you a taste of the sounds I’ve been cooking up for you this year. More to come soon! The track in question is a collaboration with Chicago rapper Wonda and conceptually I was thinking ‘what would a jungle tune made by The Neptunes sound like’. It’s had a great reaction the few times I’ve tested it out at festivals over the summer so I hope you enjoy it too, it’s free to download now from Sound Cloud, click the pic below:
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Well, I finally started a HC Soundcloud. There’s a handful of tracks up so far and I’ll be adding more, old and new as time goes on. I’ll mostly use it to put up my remixes for the time being. And some stuff that has never been heard before, demos etc. Like the James Blake bootleg uploaded already. It’s something I never finished to a really satisfactory degree, some tracks just evade you in the end, so I didn’t release it in any way before but it might be of interest to some..
After delivering some of 2012’s most iconic music, High Contrast returns with another superb single to get 2013 off to a cracking start.
First up, we have the awe-inspiring “Spectrum Analyser” with its immense intro that artfully pairs a driving, mechanical tone with bleepy 8-bit SFX. Flipping over for “Some Things Never Change”, this one is full of nostalgic undertones and drifting melodies. With a vintage sound reminding you exactly why you love High Contrast so much, “Some Things Never Change” remains true to its title.
Check out the official video for High Contrast’s brand new single ‘Spectrum Analyser’ – produced by the man himself.
It is no longer a secret that High Contrast has been busy working on a truly monumental project this summer. Since the release of his fourth artist album “The Agony & The Ecstasy” earlier this year, he has been locked in his studio at a secret HQ in a recently re-developed area of East London, preparing what has inevitably become the soundtrack to our summer in the past two weeks of sporting success.
Taking the tempo down to 120bpm, High Contrast’s digital-only “The Road Goes On Forever EP”, is aimed at fans and collectors alike. Featuring a blend of new material, re-workings of tracks from “The Agony & The Ecstasy” and the original D+B version of “The Road Goes On Forever”, the EP is full of driving rhythms, optimistic melodies and energetic dynamics. Opening with the 120bpm version of “The Road Goes On Forever” with its marching beats and iconic hook, we are taken through a range of different moments suiting a long parade, right through to the soulful, inspiring tones of “The Long Way Home”.
The tracks on the “The Road Goes On Forever EP” were aired across the world to millions of listeners for the first time on Friday 27th July and will no doubt have a long lasting impact as we look to the future and continue to remember the legacy of summer 2012.
So, the official album launch party for The Agony & The Ecstasy was held in my hometown Cardiff on March 3rd this year. I had a great time there, it was one of the best shows I’ve ever done in Cardiff. And as a surprise bonus to make the night a little more special we thought it would be fun to have a samba band come out and perform during the last track of my set, All There Is, which has a percussive outro. The band we used was the local Samba Con Brio, who were very enthusiastic and helpful making this happen. Dynamite was also the perfect MC to deal with this kind of thing. There were also some ‘guest’ percussionists in the shape of my drunk cohorts Chris Goss, Dave Droneboy and Dan Aperture. I just filmed this clip on my phone so the sound is pretty distorted but you get the idea.