15. High Contrast – The Agony And The Ecstacy
14. Therapy? – A Brief Crack Of Light
13. The Invisible – Rispah
12. CFCF – Exercises
11. Miike Snow – Happy To You
10. Royal Headache – Royal Headache
9. Plug – Back On Time
8. Maccabees – Given To The Wild
7. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
6. Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
Tomorrow – Sound Advice’s favourite five albums of 2012 so far…
OKAY, I may be a little late to the party on this LP, as it was released way back when this year, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to enjoy myself now I’m here.
Because High Contrast has sculpted a truly exquisite collection with his fourth album, The Agony And The Ecstacy.
Without completely stepping away from his dark drum and bass roots – for example here with the ominous Father, Can’t You See I’m Burning? he could still set light to just about any dancefloor – he has added, as the Michaelangelo album art implies, a high art twist.
His breakbeats are now laced with soaring melodies, his productions dripping with swells of emotion.
It’s no wonder household names like Underworld and Tiesto are lining up to work with High Contrast.
Quite simply, there’s an astonishing beauty to this collection – check out The First Note Is Silent or Return Of Forever, these are feelings not often captured on a DnB track.
The Agony And The Ecstacy – it’s much more of the latter for me.