SPACIFIC NEWS #138: Contents

1. Sebright Arms :: Pitch Black :: 18/10/18
2. Sweet Sounds Live
3. Keep in touch with New Zealand music via Spotify
4. Upcoming Highlights


For our final show of the year, we’re stoked to be presenting Pitch Black‘s only Northern Hemisphere show this year. They’re currently working on a new album, and this show is to allow them to present tracks in development, plus play some of their classics.

Having pumped their way through New Zealand’s electronic music scene since their inaugural performance at the annual Gathering New Year’s eve festival in 1996, Pitch Black have spent the subsequent years rousing dance floor punters, generating rave reviews, winning awards and gaining thousands of fans across the world.

Hard to box into a single audio ‘genre’, Pitch Black is a combination of musical journeys. Their sound is distinctive; ranging from organic ambient beginnings and layered soundscapes to skanking keyboards, cutting acid riffs and thumping rhythmic grooves, with dub being the glue that holds their sound together. One critic has described them as like “Orbital meets King Tubby, or Rhythm and Sound in Technicolor”.

It is their live show that really makes Pitch Black stand out from the rest of the crowd, both sonically and visually. Their tracks take on an added dynamism and their performances reveal the dialectic behind the band – Paddy wants to do it for the crowd, Michael wants to do it to the crowd. Visually they are in another dimension thanks to Michael’s cutting edge visuals.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of it’s first release, they’ve just released ‘Futureproof Live‘, a collection of live versions of the album tracks, recorded between 1998 and 2000.

There are now only 10 tickets left for this show – they’re available for £12 + b/f from Music Glue, Ticketweb or See Tickets

From: 7.30pm
At: 31-35 Coate St, London, E2 9AG
Nearest Tube: Cambridge Heath or Bethnal Green
Venue website:
Facebook event:


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They’re also curating a Spotify playlist which features new Kiwi releases that are getting supported and hyped both in NZ and internationally:


Three New Zealand focused playlists on Spotify are:

Amplifier Buzz is the place to find the brightest emerging local artists creating a stir in the industry and can be found at

Audience Hot is the home of bubbling Kiwi talent, whether new to the scene or already established, and can be found at

NZ on Air posts up their latest submissions to local radio at


30/10 Marlon Williams // Hackney Arts Centre, N16 8BH // 7-11 // £15
31/10 Devilskin // Boston Music Room, N19 5QQ // 7-11 // £13
03/11 Connan Mockasin // The Barbican, EC2Y 8DS // 8-10.30 // £17.50-25
11/11 The Beths // Sebright Arms, E2 9AG // 7-11 // £7
21/11 Unknown Mortal Orchestra // Royal Albert Hall, SW7 2AP // 6.45-10.30 // £22.50
30/11 Jordan Rakei // Pizza Express,WC1V 6LF // 7-11 // £25

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