Drum & bass label Hospital Records join forces with Xplicit to host Hospitality
DJ High Contrast discusses the club night, which will also feature SPY, Nu:Logic and Fred V & Grafix
‘You know how when you were a kid, the thought of having six weeks off for the summer holidays seemed like an eternity of fun ahead of you but on the last night before the start of school again you wondered where all those weeks had disappeared to so quickly? My music sounds a bit like that,’ says High Contrast. And if you aren’t sold already HC (aka Lincoln Barrett) is visiting Edinburgh as part of a Hospital Records showcase also featuring SPY, Nu:Logic (a collaborative project from Nu:Tone and Logistics) and Fred V & Grafix.
The label has become a by-line for high quality drum & bass, from intelligent liquid funk to darker techy beats. High Contrast’s music is a cinematic fusion of jittery beats and deep bass that has led to five albums, a Fabric mix and remix work for everyone from Enter Shikari and MGMT to Kanye West and Adele. However the Welsh DJ/producer’s highest profile gig yet has to be his collaboration with Underworld working on the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics last year. ‘Thankfully it was mostly like working on any of my usual musical endeavours, except for the thought at the back of my mind that this one will be heard by a billion people,’ explains Barrett.
This night, promoted by Edinburgh’s Xplicit, is being billed as the biggest Hospital Records event north of the border. ‘I do enjoy playing in Edinburgh, for the people seem most joyous in their merriment whilst the town has a grey air of gothic melancholy that appeals to my romantic disposition,’ adds Barrett. ‘Hospitality events welcome all comers and have an atmosphere of inclusivity and family. We shall endeavour to play the best music we can and deliver copious amounts of bass.’
Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Sat 24 Aug.