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High Con­trast Night Gallery (3 BEAT/UNI­VER­SAL)

Lin­coln Bar­rett pushes him­self fur­ther out of his drum’n’bass com­fort zone on this sixth High Con­trast al­bum, with vary­ing re­sults. Dis­con­cert­ing glam callto-arms Shot­gun Mouth­wash doesn’t quite suc­ceed, but on the mar­vel­lous, au­da­cious To­bacco Road he ef­fec­tively in­vents drum’n’blues. Bar­rett’s lat­est shot for the charts, The Beat Don’t Feel the Same, is tepid Chic-ish house, yet the pre­vi­ous sin­gle, Ques­tions, is a glo­ri­ous suc­cess. The best songs are smart, bassy takes on EDM, blend­ing mus­cu­lar rhythms and win­ning melodies rem­i­nis­cent of Bar­rett’s an­themic Adele remixes. Damien Mor­ris

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