Pitch Black: From Ape To Angel
By Jacob Connor
Electronic duo Pitch Black have an impressive body of work behind them already and 'Ape to Angel' delves further into the subliminal dreamscapes and simmering rhythms they have tattooed on the DNA of dance party ravers. Some tracks are so comfortably dub it feels like floating peacefully in the womb. Others pulse along on the nod before turning themselves inside out with snaking shimmers and rhythmic twists. Paddy Free and Mike Hodgson have led the charge with live sound and vision mixing in this country - they're like our Coldcut or Future Sound of London. The manipulation of sound elements and stereo imaging is so deft you get a sense of your own emancipation from a ground-bound ape into a state of transcendence. Soul diva of choice for electrobeat producers Sandy Mill (who has worked with Subware, SJD and Basement Jaxx), offers a guide voice home in the twisted space-time continuum. This had me seeing stars and fire-pois - I hope it's an airborne virus that gets to infect all and sundry.