Lincoln Barrett, better known by the stage name High Contrast (born 18 September 1979), is a British Electronic Dance Music producer and DJ.
Barrett was born in Penarth and grew up more interested in films and film soundtracks rather than music; he cites Wendy Carlos's A Clockwork Orange soundtrack album and the Vangelis soundtrack for Blade Runner as defining musical influences. Whilst studying film making in Newport, he heard J Majik's Arabian Nights which turned the then 17-year-old Barrett on to drum and bass music. Barrett used to work in Cardiff's only electronic record shop, Catapult. A short time after he began to make music, he was given a DJ residency at Cardiff's drum and bass night, named Silent Running. During his residency at Silent Running, Barrett played alongside artists such as Grooverider and London Elektricity.
In June 2002, Barrett's debut album, True Colours, was released on Hospital Records, with "Return of Forever" and "Global Love" finding their way into the UK Singles Chart. His second album was High Society.
On 6 April 2003, High Contrast was featured on the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix show. His mix included liquid funk mostly from the Hospital Records label. On 9 January 2005, this Essential Mix was replayed on Radio 1 when another drum and bass artist, Andy C, was unable to deliver his mix. In October 2005, Barrett launched his own record label, The Contrast. The first single, "Days Go By" / "What We Do" was released in early November 2005.
In 2007, he delivered his second effort, selected as 'Essential Mix of the Year' by Pete Tong. His third album Tough Guys Don't Dance was released in October 2007. The second single from the album, "If We Ever", was supported on Radio 1 by Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Jo Whiley helping it to reach number 1 in the Drum n Bass, number 1 in the dance chart and number 4 in the Indie chart.
In 2008, High Contrast remixed the #1 single "No Way to Say" for the Japanese Ayumi Hamasaki's remix album, Ayu-mi-x 6: Silver. He also made successful remixes of "Hometown Glory" by Adele and "Pjanoo" by Eric Prydz, which were later included on the album, Confidential. He has started producing house tracks under the alias 'Two Fisted Tales', with tracks released so far including "Fugue State" and "Rushmore". He played them during his take over for the Rob Da Bank show on BBC Radio 1 in January 2009.
He played at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Barrett currently is a resident DJ at the following clubs: Hospitality as part of Hospital Records at Matter in London (previously at Heaven); Aperture at Clwb Ifor Bach (The Welsh Club) in Cardiff; and at Roxy in Prague. He is also on regular rotation at Fabric in London.
High Contrast played a key role in selecting and producing the music for the Athletes Parade at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. Half a dozen tracks by High Contrast were played and are present in the event's official soundtrack Isles of Wonder.
In July 2014 High Contrast's new single with Clare Maguire 'Who's Loving You' was announced. A double release, 'Part 2' was Special Delivery on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show, followed by 'Part 1' as 'Hottest Record in the World' for Zane Lowe.
In 2015, he remixed the R 'n' B track Muhammad Ali by the group Faithless. The same year, the mix was included in the group's '2.0' remix album release, and also incorporated into the second half of their live performances of the song.
He signed with 3Beat in April 2016 and released his first single on the label, Remind Me. A new album is also expected for late 2016.
His father, Paul 'Legs' Barrett, used to manage Shakin' Stevens. His mother, Lorraine Barrett, was the Welsh Assembly member for Cardiff South and Penarth until May 2011.
1) True Colours (2002)
2) High Society (2004)
3) Tough Guys Don't Dance (2007)
4) Confidential (2009)
5) The Agony and The Ecstasy (2012)
6) The Road Goes On Forever (EP) (2012)
- FabricLive.25 (2005)
- Watch the Ride - High Contrast (2008)
- Hospitality Presents This is # Drum + Bass (2009)
- Isles of Wonder (2012)
- "Make it Tonight" / "Mermaid Scar" (2001)
- "Return of Forever" (2002)
- "Global Love" (2002)
- "Basement Track" (2003)
- "Twilight's Last Gleaming" (2004)
- "Angels and Fly" (2004)
- "Racing Green" / "St Ives" (2004)
- "When the Lights Go Down" / "Magic" (2005)
- "Days Go By" / "What We Do" (2005)
- "Everything's Different" / "Green Screen" (2007)
- "If We Ever" / "Pink Flamingos" (released 16 July 2007)
- "In A Gadda Da Vida" / "Forever And A Day" (2007)
- "The First Note Is Silent" (with Tiësto and Underworld) (2011)
- "The Agony & The Ecstasy" (feat. Selah Corbin) (2012)
- "Spectrum Analyser" / "Some Things Never Change" (2013)
- "Who's Loving You" feat. Clare Maguire (2014)
- "How Love Begins" (with DJ Fresh and Dizzee Rascal) (2016)
- "Remind Me" (2016)
- "Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)" by Stevie Nicks
- "Kaleidoscope" by Tiesto
- "Wall" by Enter Shikari
- "Baggy Bottom Boys" by Jokers of the Scene
- "Ready for the Weekend" by Calvin Harris
- "In For The Kill (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Mix)" by La Roux
- "Most Precious Love" by Blaze featuring Barbara Tucker
- "Hometown Glory" by Adele
- "Pjanoo" by Eric Prydz
- "Reload It" by Kano
- "Time to Pretend" by MGMT
- "Something Good '08" by Utah Saints
- "Papua New Guinea" by Future Sound of London
- "I Found U" by Axwell
- "It's Too Late" by The Streets
- "Talk" by Coldplay
- "Gold Digger" by Kanye West
- "Flashing Lights" by Kanye West
- "We Run This" by Missy Elliott
- "My Dreams" by London Elektricity featuring Robert Owens
- "Remember the Future" by London Elektricity
- "Headlock" by Imogen Heap
- "Barcelona" by D.Kay & Epsilon
- "Hey U" by Basement Jaxx
- "Thugged Out Bitch" by Dillinja
- "Girls & Boys (Aquasky song)" by Aquasky and El Horner
- "Renegade Snares" by Omni Trio
- "Back for More" by Influx Datum
- "Karma (Comes Back Around)" by Adam F & Guru
- "No More" by Roni Size featuring Beverley Knight and Dynamite MC
- "No Soul" by ILS
- "Spaced Invader" by Hatiras
- "This Feeling" by Blue Sonix
- "Born Free" by M.I.A.
- "Blue Orchid" by The White Stripes
- "Show Me Love" by Robyn
- "Run" by Joel Compass
- "California Love" by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre
- "Let Go for Tonight" by Foxes