“One Ton Skank”, the second single off “Third Light”, is classic Pitch Black, seamlessly fusing ambient, dub and techno into over eight minutes of joy. It is both reminiscent of their early Futureproof work and yet still sounding unmistakeably from now.
Named after an early hours conversation with Christchurch musician Winston Campbell about the heaviness of a riff he was playing, the track, built on a stonking steppers riddim, progresses with an uplifting, forward motion, full of warmth and optimism, as the dubby skank builds naturally into a techno cacophony.
The remixes have come from around the globe: from Mexico, space pirate Tor.Ma in Dub doubles down on the steppers tip to create a killer dancefloor vibe and from South London, 8-bit rudeboy Robot Riddims presents a cheeky ska meets dubstep re-rub.
released November 8, 2019
Original written and produced by Mike Hodgson and Paddy Free.
Written and mixed in Piha, Aotearoa
Dub mixed in The Loft, East London
Thanks Mark, love both records - couldn’t choose between them - the best of both worlds of the music you make. What would be equally as cool would be to see you dive into your New Zealand heritage on your next double record! Surely just as much history and music to be had there too. Cheers rse1985
It's just so easy for Martin Phillips, innit? Even after more than 30 years, he's writing the kind of effortless melodies that most songwriters would kill for. So this is just another perfect pop record to add to their discography. This will easily be a top 10 of the year.