The latest single to emerge from Alan Fitzpatrick’s highly-anticipated Machine Therapy album on Anjunadeep, “Bourgeois Imagery” finds the erstwhile techno legend teaming up with none other than drum and bass royalty, High Contrast and the results are out of this world.
On the surface it seems an unlikely pairing but once the interstellar dreamscape of the intro to “Bourgeois Imagery” begins to give way to a breakbeat-driven groove, you can feel the electronic music gods rejoicing. For old-school heads, the tune is an instant flashback to the warehouse days of yesteryear as the ever-evolving core of the tune takes its time in moving through melodic shifts and harmonic elevation.
The swirling vocal at the core lays the foundation for the countercultural ethos propelling the tune into the darker edges of the dancefloor but it’s the delicate dance with the arpeggiated top-line that keeps things in the realm of dancefloor bliss.
As High Contrast tells it: “Alan and I have talked about collaborating for a number of years as we share a love of ’90s old-school beats, so it was great to finally make it happen; albeit remotely because of the pandemic. I relish the opportunity to collab with artists from other sides of the dance music spectrum than my own as I love the intriguing fusion of different mindsets. It was also a chance for me to work at a slower tempo than I normally do and it resulted in a hypnotic groove that I really dig.”
The dark and brooding “Bourgeois Imagery” sits comfortably as part of the broader Machine Therapy vision that Alan Fitzpatrick is preparing to reveal in full on November 12 via Anjunadeep. Until then, feast your senses on High Contrast’s collaborative contribution to the cause below and lock in your own copy here as this one’s out today.