Beats Before The Dawn I: Contrast

Like us, you're probably making those final preparations for TTBOD: Under The Stars by rallying the troops and loading up on supplies. Speaking of supplies, you need not worry about amassing a fresh supply of bass for the voyage. AK and Quite Low have that situation on lock, but not without help from some friends in the underground. Denver crews will be heavily represented in the spot all weekend long. In particular, Drum And Bass Proper holds it down for Denver dnb and is sending a plethora of its bass ambassadors to help guide the mission. So, it only makes sense that we revisit their catalog of fire mixes from artists on the lineup to help us get hyped for the party. To kick off this series, let's pump the volume up to the sound selections of DNBP resident, Contrast.

When Mike Silvestri a.k.a Contrast is on deck to man the wheels, he never fails to bring the heat. Back in December 2019, he certainly answers the call when DNBP dials him up for its Monday Mini-Mix Series. It's no surprise that they make it a priority to lock him down as one of their resident selectas.

Right out of the gate, he unloads a crate full of fire that incinerates the sound system. The 17 track banger is overflowing with driving dnb basslines interwoven with gritty synths and grimy, rasta vocal dubs. Early on, about 7 minutes in, he ignites the mix, by dropping in 'It's Goin Down' by KC setting the dance floor ablaze. The vibes don't let up again until about the halfway mark when he laces the decks with some filth. The bass bottoms out ever so slightly so that AC13's burner, 'Fu Gee La (Bootleg)' can roll out of the mixer with clarity. It sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the mix that bangs your eardrums with bass all the way to the end of the set.

The only downside to this DNBP throwback is that it's only half an hour long. Seemingly, Mike's just warming up as he begins fading out the beat leaving you begging for more. Fortunately, we don't have to wait much longer to see him do what he does best. With this in mind, this mix is exactly what you need to hear, so you can turn-up before the party. Crank up the bass and snap off the knob for this one! Then, be sure to catch Contrast's set live - Under The Stars.

MINIMIXMONDAY #073 - Contrast

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