Pitch Black’s Futureproof, a landmark in New Zealand electronica, finally gets a vinyl release 23 years after it first came out. The album distilled two years of relentless touring of New Zealand into a sweeping colossus full of epic soundscapes and rumbling basslines, pounding rhythms and mind-bending effects, showcasing Pitch Black’s dubwise styles to full, bass-bin busting effect.
Futureproof’s mix of dub, delay and devastation was received to critical and commercial acclaim, rising to the top of the New Zealand electronic charts, and was followed by a sold-out tour of New Zealand alongside Salmonella Dub. The album’s sophisticated mix of dub and dance set a benchmark by which future NZ electronica releases would be measured, and has gone on to find fans around the globe.
True to its name, Futureproof sounds as timeless and fresh today as it did in 1998.
To celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the release, the band dug out the original audio files and Angus McNaughton has re-mastered them for this vinyl release. Hamish Macaulay has also adapted the original artwork, creating a brand new collage for the centerfold out of pictures taken at the time.