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Pitch Black - Album Review: Filtered Senses

12 Sep 2016 // A review by tonymcdonald

Pitch Black, the duo from Christchurch are back after nine long years with a brand new dub album, Filtered Senses. Itís dark and mysterious with a laid back lounge club feel.

Itís certainly not heart racing, blood pumping stuff, but it has definitely got its upbeat tracks such as Circuit Bent. The title of the album Filtered Senses sums up the feel perfectly. Great sounds that take over your body.

There are definitely no one-hit wonders as it journeys through the forest of sound with strange noises from the undergrowth hitting you from all sides. Itís a great sound to chill out to, although keep the lights on as spooky sounds from Without The Trees may freak you out a touch.

My favourite song is the last one on the 8 track album, Pixel Dust. A great bass line with a dance feel. The 80ís meets the dub scene would sum it up nicely.

If you liked Rude Mechanicals you are going to love this - it's as though they have never been away.

Turn it up loud and enjoy.


About Pitch Black

Having pumped their way through New Zealand's electronic music scene since their inaugural performance at the annual Gathering New Year's Eve festival in 1997, Pitch Black have spent the last nine years rousing dance floor punters, generating rave reviews, winning awards and gaining thousands of fans across the world.

Hard to box into a single audio 'genre', Pitch Black is a combination of musical journeys, created by Paddy Free and Michael Hodgson. Their sound is distinctive; ranging from organic ambient beginnings and layered soundscapes to skanking keyboards, cutting acid riffs and thumping rhythmic grooves, with dub being the glue that holds their sound together. One critic has described them as like "Richie Hawtin meets King Tubby, or Rhythm and Sound in Technicolor".

Their debut album, Futureproof, was released in September 1999 and rose to the top of the New Zealand electronic charts, despite no marketing or advertising. Their second album, Electronomicon, followed in August 2000, and led to a sell out 30-date tour of New Zealand and Australia. Both albums spawned remix projects, featuring mixes by local luminaries such as International Observer, Epsilon Blue and Downtown Brown.

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Filtered Senses
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Remixes and Rarities
Year: 2011
Type: Album
Rude Mechanicals
Year: 2010
Type: EP
Bird Soul
Year: 2010
Type: EP
1000 Mile Drift
Year: 2010
Type: EP
Rude Mechanicals
Year: 2007
Type: Album
Frequencies Fall
Year: 2007
Type: Album
Halfway: Between Ape and Angel
Year: 2005
Type: Album
Ape To Angel
Year: 2004
Type: Album
Year: 2003
Type: EP
Electric Earth
Year: 2002
Type: EP
Year: 2000
Type: Album
Year: 1999
Type: Album

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