Release Date: 06/14/11
A stunning selection of ambient, dub and world infused electronica.
Remixes + Rarities is a package of rare tracks and lovingly crafted remixes of other artists' music, chosen by Paddy Free and Mike Hodgson to represent their 15 years as one of NZ's favourite electronica acts. Known globally for their stomping live sets, Remixes + Rarities showcases Pitch Black's mellower side.
Beginning with a dancefloor friendly, but respectful,reworking of the Richard Nunns and Hirini Melbourne original, 'Te Po' and ending with an equally haunting version of Tiki's 'Past Present Future', the album represents the past, present and future of the Pitch Black partnership. Included in the remixes are tracks by fellow NZ dub trailblazers International Observer and Salmonella Dub, who appear alongside independent music producer Tom Cosm and reggae legends Katchafire.
Also fed through the PB warping machine are tracks from further afield: 'Mirror Beach' by Mirror System and 'A New Day', a remix of a Sri Lankan track that Pitch Black did for the Laya Project. Included on the album are three Pitch Black rarities, one of which is 1996's 'I'm a Wanderer', the first track the pair worked on together, which showcases the industrial beginnings of what would become the Pitch Black sound: a dynamic balancing act between heavily sculpted basslines and choppy melody.
Also included is 'Kaikoura Dub', the track used on the film Whalerider after Mike - having been asked by Niki Caro for some music - gave her a 23 minute mix of a jam recorded in Kaikoura. 'She ended up choosing a sliver for the film. We subsequently used the bones of this track for the tune 'Elements Turn' on Ape to Angel' The last rarity is 'Protect the Grain' a windborne ambient track that was previously released on the limited edition EP Flex around the time of widespread anti GE demonstrations in NZ and worldwide.
Pitch Black have always been more than a dance act, but on Remixes + Rarities they demonstrate the full reach of the musical territory they love to explore.
|Label: Dubmission Records|
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