Pitch Black

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This compilation offers an introduction to the music of Pitch Black (Paddy Free and Michael Hodgson), a duo from New Zealand simultaneously dedicated to dark, dubwise electronica and unwilling to be pigeonholed quite that easily. Drawing on material from six albums dating back to 1998 and featuring remixes by the likes of Youth, International Observer, and Kerretta, this collection explores instrumental dub ("Lost in Translation"), house ("Electric Earth," "Reptile Room"), rockers reggae ("Transient Transmissions"), and even a sort of dubbed-up instrumental rock that brings to mind a Jamaican version of the Durutti Column ("Bird Soul"). At times the ambience gets dark ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This compilation offers an introduction to the music of Pitch Black (Paddy Free and Michael Hodgson), a duo from New Zealand simultaneously dedicated to dark, dubwise electronica and unwilling to be pigeonholed quite that easily. Drawing on material from six albums dating back to 1998 and featuring remixes by the likes of Youth, International Observer, and Kerretta, this collection explores instrumental dub ("Lost in Translation"), house ("Electric Earth," "Reptile Room"), rockers reggae ("Transient Transmissions"), and even a sort of dubbed-up instrumental rock that brings to mind a Jamaican version of the Durutti Column ("Bird Soul"). At times the ambience gets dark enough to be nearly creepy, as on the slow, heavyweight rockers groove of "The Gatherer" and the outer space house/steppers workout "Electric Earth." But only very rarely -- the slightly too-repetitive and harmonically static "Freefall [Friends Electric Remix]," for example -- does the groove dissipate into mere texture or mood; for the most part, Pitch Black's genius is in generating sound sculptures that perfectly balance spaciousness, tightness, textural variation, and pure throbbing bassline bliss.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Dubmission
  • EAN: 9421025872006
  • Catalog Number: 16
  • Sales rank: 223,059

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lost in Translation (5:07)
  2. 2 Rude Mechanicals (5:59)
  3. 3 Electric Earth, Pt. 1 (5:13)
  4. 4 Electric Earth, Pt. 2 (4:33)
  5. 5 Freefall (5:58)
  6. 6 Bird Soul (5:35)
  7. 7 Ape to Angel (8:27)
  8. 8 Melt (6:22)
  9. 9 Reptile Room (6:20)
  10. 10 Bird Soul (7:51)
  11. 11 The Gatherer (6:39)
  12. 12 Transient Transmissions (6:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pitch Black Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Mike Somerville Producer
David Worm Holmes Producer
Paddy Free Composer
Jasper Edwards Licensing
Cass Irvine Mastering
Bill Fuller Producer
Michael Hodgson Composer
Martin Glover Producer
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