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Celebrating 20 years in the music business, Pitch Black, the godfathers of New Zealand electronica, have announced the release of their fifth studio album, Filtered Senses.

Since their very first gig back in 1996, Mike and Paddy have wowed audiences all over the world with their unique, genre-bending brand of live electronic music. 
 
The secret to their longevity is that, if you’re never in fashion, you never go out of fashion. In an age when electronic genres and fads come and go, Pitch Black have managed to keep their sonic identity due to the blend of two very different personalities and musical styles: Paddy Free, the manic groove-merchant, and Michael Hodgson, the dark dub-meister. 
 
Both renowned individually as solo artists and producers, with Paddy recently co-writing and producing with Moana and the Tribe and Nga Tae and Mike producing and remixing under his solo artist name, Misled Convoy, they have very different approaches to music: Paddy wants to do it for the crowd, while Mike wants to do it to the crowd. 
 
Their new album sees them adopt a different working method. With Mike situated in London since 2012 and Paddy temporarily based in New York, Filtered Senses was written by swapping files over the web, with an intensive two-week mixing session together in Mike’s studio in Hackney to finish the job. 
 
With the tracks ranging from the ambient wash of A Great Silence is Spreading to stomping foot-tapper Pixel Dust, Filtered Senses could be described as having one foot on the dance floor, one eye in the cinema and both ears in a psychedelic stereo.   
 
Pitch Black regularly collaborate with MCs and vocalists who bring a different groove and a fresh sound to their tracks.  Filtered Senses is no different, with the vocals on the album contributed by Alison Evelyna Londoner who Mike met at a vinyl night he runs. Her contemplative and observational words merged beautifully into the Pitch Black sound. 
 
Despite nine years between albums and four years living in different hemispheres, Filtered Senses is instantly recognisable as a Pitch Black album, thanks to the unfeasible large bass and endless delays sprinkled with touches of playfulness amidst the menacing undertones. 
 
Pitch Black release new album Filtered Senses on 2 Sept 2016.  First single Invisible Chatter is released (digital only) 8 July 201616 with remixes by Kaminanda (US) and Digital Playground (NZ).   


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