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Ape to Angel

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Album Review

Ape to Angel may be the third record from Pitch Black in five years, but the two members of the New Zealand act had been accumulating experience in electronic music and production since the late '80s. The experience shows on Ape to Angel, a hypnotic recording that combines dub, dark trance and sampling. "Big Trouble Upstairs" is the closest they get to a dance club vibe, borrowing a little from the trippy work of Underworld. Otherwise, this is a chillout collection which relies as much on higher-end sounds as it does on deep bass grooves. The only thing that disrupts the vibe a tad are the vocals by Sandy Mill on "Elements Turn," which are a little too R&B and don't seem necessary when the rest of the album is relying on programming. Either way, Ape to Angel still fits appropriately into the Waveform catalog.

Biography

Formed: 1994 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

As group member Zakee sees it, the five rappers in Pitch Black were already "360 degrees of hip-hop" before they joined together in 1994. Zakee, D.G., Devious, Fast, and G.O.D. had long been involved in the scene, writing rhymes, performing their own raps solo, DJing, and spraying graffiti around Brooklyn. After coming together they quickly released the independent single "Hold Me Down," and a five-track EP. Shopping their music up and down the East Coast, Pitch Black landed opening spots for Jay-Z,...
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