"...are a band of musicians from The Kingdom of Fife playing folk-funk-jazz-punk or something."
"Highest Low" voted Album of the Year at Scottish Jazz Awards 2013
Our second album 'Highest Low' was voted Album of the Year at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2013.
Massive thanks to everyone who supported this release.
You can click on the cover to go to iTunes or follow the Soundcloud link at the bottom of this page to listen free.
Friday JANUARY 17th
The Jazz Bar 11.55pm
“Absolute joy! One of Scotland's hidden pleasures.” (Record)
“In a league of their own for energy and pure musical talent.” (Music News)
“A high octane mix of latin, funk and soul.” (Scotsman).
“One of the most talented bands in Scotland.” (Herald)
“Mixing rock, funk, folk and jazz, Das Contras are mesmerising live.” (The Sun)
"Blend folk, funk, jazz, rock, latin, punk, reggae, shake them around a bit and take yourself off to a distant place and you've found their sound. And what a sound it is- they really are making some great music. " (MNS)
" Das Contras are a rare breed, gigging a unique soundscape that is dynamic and original but with familiar roots. This is a band that laps up the live environment and revels in getting feet from tapping to jumping." (Nexus )
" Think Ruben Wilson, gypsy violins, Miles Davies, filterless French cigarettes, The Bosstones, bull fighting and Ray Manzarek and you’ll probably wonder what the hell I’m talking about. They had a large fan base with them and rightly so. It was not just a gig but a celebration and a chance to party. A joy to watch and even better to listen to." (Live Music Direct)
" Das Contras! Normally I’d run a mile from anything remotely jazz-funk, but these guys made me confront my prejudices." (Review)
"Das Contras are a band of musicians from Fife in Scotland playing Folk-Funk-Jazz-Punk or something. Elegant and unusual Das Contras display venerable creative ability in their music, with distinctive composition and craftsmanship.
They are rare carpenters with a distinct musical vision and spirit, at once eclectic and refined, brisling with improvised energy, a fusion of classical, jazz, reggae influences.
Das Contras are a rarity and a prize. Give these guys a listen, you won't be disappointed. " (Scotcampus)
"Das Contras has appeared at our festival here in Rochester NY twice to great reviews. Can you party? This experienced group has a unique, multi-faceted sound combined with an unmistakable Scottish groove. I highly recommend them for any and all music festivals".
(John Nugent - Artistic Director Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival)