This review covers the liquid drum n bass track High Contrast – Tutti Frutti.
This track was released in 2004 on the album High Society.
The track seems to go for a more uplifting style of drum n bass. Arguably, it was reasonably successful in accomplishing this.
There are vocal samples that seems to have a hint of soul and a hint of disco style. I would say that they are neither offensive or out of place. They do add to the overall quality of the track. Unfortunately, they really don’t convey much meaning in any way. This means that the track relies solely on how they sound. The cuts and editing done to them do work in this tracks favor.
Combined with the vocals are the melodies that are spliced in. At their strongest point, they very nicely counterbalance the vocal samples to give this track dimension. Otherwise, they only give a bit of an uplifting feeling in the overall track.
Some critics have suggested that tracks like this offer no long lasting appeal. I can’t say I disagree with this assessment. There’s nothing particularly distinctive about this track that would make me want to listen to it more than a handful of times or even dust it off years later for another listen.
Still, it wasn’t a terrible production by any means. There are positives such as the high quality production value. Everything is nicely balanced sound-wise. The first time I heard it, I said that it wasn’t bad. Still, it has a way of eventually wearing out its welcome and becomes little more than musical filler after a while. So, decent, but don’t expect to be listening to it years down the road voluntarily.