Pitch Black: Rarities & Remixes
By Jacob Connor
An odds and sods collection, R&R assembles Pitch Blackís remixes of other peoplesí tracks (International Observer, Katchafire, Tom Cosm, Mirror System and Tiki) along with cuts pillaged from their own vaults. You might hear a familiar bassline or hook and not be able to place it. Te Po opens with Richard Nunnsí haunting taonga puoro. A single word is retained from Salmonella Dubís For The Love Of It Ė and thatís all you need. Kaikoura Dub has appeared in various guises before Ė on the Whale Rider soundtrack and as the vocal track Elements Turn. (I keep expecting Sandy Mills to start singing.) Included is the very first collaboration between Pitch Black duo Paddy Free and Mike Hodgson, Iím a Wanderer. The pair have proved themselves as sonic and visual mixmasters in the decade and a half since that initial foray. Here they demonstrate what they do best: lush, cinematic soundscapes and sonic detail atop subterranean bass and dancey, trancey rhythms. A New Day is a tabla-laden Sri Lankan track (by the Laya Project) that would work on a Bhudda Bar compilation. Nothing hits you over the head demanding attention, but thereís a great range of mood and washes of sound to luxuriate in. Respect.