Third Light

by Pitch Black

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Russ Park
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Russ Park just gets better with every listen ,, Favorite track: Third Light.
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nick57 Whole album is excellent, and Daylight Wasting wraps it up nicely. Favorite track: Daylight Wasting.
Whyte Rushan
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Whyte Rushan yeap heard this on the totally wired show on 95 bfm, it was quite an indepth review of the tracks...and then Pitch Black came up for "whats cooking" On 95bfm drive Favorite track: One Ton Skank.
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theUtmost Loving this. Will be on high rotation for a while for sure here.
Evocative of earlier PB releases Futureproof and Electronomicon (a good thing - those are my faves!) yet with eyes set firmly on the future.
If you're on a portable setup, you should perhaps pass on listening right this minute unless you have some REALLY kick-ass cans.
This is one to save for a proper listen on the 2-storey speakers, and big ol' bass bins.
She goes deep.
And sublime. Favorite track: One Ton Skank.
Matt Glentworth
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Matt Glentworth Loving this album! Thanks Mike & Paddy for not giving up on PB yet... Keep 'em coming.
When are you gonna work with Fat Freddy's...? That would be fantastic to hear...
When are yo coming to tour Aus? (Melb please!) Favorite track: Artificial Intolerance.
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johnnychrome Fantastic album - many thanks Mike & Paddy - don't go changin aye : )
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Pitch Black's two-decade career of fusing different musical styles is in full effect across this eight track release. Dub, downbeat, techno, drum’n’bass and cinematic ambience are all ingredients in an echo-drenched odyssey that moves the heart and mind and body, as Pitch Black’s distinctive sonic signature of deep analogue dub combines with beats ranging from slinky to slamming and vocals spanning enigmatic to emphatic.

As the album shifts between dance floor and brain food, it reflects on a world similarly in transition between two states. On the one hand, the planet faces depleting resources and a looming climate emergency; on the other, capitalism and consumerism are marching blindly onwards. As a result of this conundrum, there are many contemplative moments on the album, most notably with the world’s extinction echoing in the ambience of the final track “Did You Get the Message”.

Despite prevaricating between pessimism and optimism, “Third Light” is far from a depressing record. After all, Pitch Black are far from technological luddites, and just as their futuristic beats strive for a progressive future, so they hope for a more harmonious tomorrow.


released September 13, 2019

All tracks written and produced by Mike Hodgson and Paddy Free.

A Doubtful Sound was recorded live at the Sebright Arms, London during the Dance Test Dummies session, Oct 2018

The One Ton Skank comes courtesy of Winston Campbell

The Lake Within originally composed for the film ROTO by Louise Potiki Bryant and Paddy Free

Thanks to Lara, Rocket and Ruby for letting us take over the house to make the album; Louise for all your love and support; Matt for his endless help; Hamish, Chris, Lisa, Maggie, Ian, Pats and Terry for use of your ears; Philip Tremewan and the Festival of Colour for their support in the making of The Lake Within and the Rixon family for
allowing us to use John’s images.

Written and mixed in Piha, Aotearoa
Dub mixed in The Loft, East London

Mastered by Angus McNaughton at Auralux Mastering
Published by Native Tongue Music Publishing,

Artwork by John Rixon
Design by Paul Dodge

This album is dedicated to the beautiful maverick that was John Rixon, rest in power.


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