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Boreal Massif (Pessimist and Loop Faction)
We All Have An Impact

Boreal Massif is the new project from Pessimist and Loop Faction. We All Have An Impact mixes drum ‘n’ bass, trip-hop and field recordings to make sounds that recall B12’s classic Warp debut, Electro-Soma and the best years of the Mo-Wax label. This album could be ground zero for a new age of new age.
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Burundanga EP

Pessimist was there when Bristol label UVB-76 began. Much to their delight, he returns after three years with a new EP, 'Burundanga'. The EP has three drum and bass tracks and also includes the highly anticipated 'Paian' remix by Simon Shreeve (Downwards Records/CUB/Mønic & Kryptic Minds). Intense.

Pessimist & Karim Maas
Pessimist & Karim Maas

If you're a person who reckons you've got a similar music taste to our Ant's, this Pessimist & Karim Maas album is probably for you... and only for you. The kind of drone adjacent music that, by virtue of its sound design, is genuinely upsetting. Harsh noise that's just as harsh on my fragile nerves as it is on my ears. Very good at what it does. 


Osiris Music have recently forged a great relationship with the UVB-76 crew. Simon Shreeve’s label issued an EP from Overlook back in 2018, recent compilation Themes & Variations featured both Overlook and Pessimist, and now the latter has stepped out for a solo release. Pessimist has always had a knack for crafting black-hearted club fare, but on the Austerity EP the Bristolian spends just as much time crafting dark ambient takes as he does treacle-thick dancefloor cuts. While ‘New Age’ and ‘Austerity’ sound like a more Gothic version of Batu, ‘Kabadaro’ and ‘Progression’ drift off into the ether. JK Flesh does a sort of industrial-Hessle thing on his ‘New Age’ remix.


After a great 2017 in which he dropped a debut LP through Blackest Ever Black, Bristol’s Pessimist gets going in 2018 by sneaking out a white-label on his own Pessimist Productions. Both ‘SPRTLZM’ and ‘SCIFI’ find the one born Kristian Jabs slowing his techno-junglism down while leaving in all of the dark, murky atmospherics. As such, this EP has a strong Massive Attack vibe to it.

The Woods / Lead Foot

Bristolian producer Kristian Jabs (Pessimist/Ruffhouse) has garnered a lot of support from many labels for his dark, chasmic, and meticulously crafted drum and bass. Being featured by Blackest Ever Black, Osiris, and UVB-76. Samurai music felt it was time to repress this two track 12” from 2015.


After releases on Osiris, UVB-76 and A14, Bristol based producer Pessimist found a home for his dark twisted and techy drum and bass at Blackest Ever Black. Now releasing his first full length record with them as a self titled. Ten tracks of brooding dystopian D’n’B and techno deconstruction. Bleak and heavy, just how Blackest Ever Black like it.

Rhythmic Theory / Pessimist
Outlawed From Reality

The illusive bristolian producer Rhytmic Theory has stamped his dark, tense and paranoid filled bass heavy productions across labels such as Ancient Monarchy, Idle Hands, BRSTL and now moves to Creme Organization with four tracks of stark, dystopian experimental beats taking cues from techno and jungle. Opens with a refit of Pessimist’s Empty House.


After releases on labels such as Blackest Ever Black, Samurai and UVB-76 Bristol based drum and bass producer Pessimist brings his deep, dark and moody rhythms to the Osiris label with his latest EP Pagans. Brooding rolling subs and perfectly chest thumping kicks ride through showy ambience, a city at night.

Through The Fog / Peter Hitchens

Pessimist has a preview of his forthcoming debut full-length to show off: two tracks, cut to white label wax so the club movers can get started on it. Through The Fog / Peter Hitchens, which pleasingly plays twisted tribute to a certain Mail columnist, hits hard with a dark techno / drum & bass mixture. 12” on Blackest Ever Black, limited to 350 copies.


Bristolian drum and bass producer Pessimist plays on the ice cold tone of his namesake. Balaklava being a stark and minimal piece that spreads itself between dark garage, slick drum and bass minimalism and drone dub. Orphic raising the sense of futurist fear with swarming electronic pulses and almost tribal subs pounding. For fans of Felix K, Regis.

Paian EP

Bristol-born producer Pessimist takes his usual brand of dark, minimalist drum & bass/techno to an even higher level of minimalism, with four short, intriguing new tracks. Paian EP offers cold, distant beats and haunting soundscapes that would seem right at home on the soundtrack of a thriller movie. Released as Vinyl 12" EP on UVB-76 Music.