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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. 

Vinyl 12" £8.99 UVB76005

4-track 12" EP on UVB-76 Music.

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Paian EP by Pessimist
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9/10 Laurie 19 October 2016

Fresh from a 12" on Blackest Ever Black offshoot A14, Pessimist is a ball of self induced misery from Bristol that also makes music. Dark, gloomy beat music. From what I gather, he’s one of those producers who used to make more straightforward DnB, his stuff from earlier this decade sounding more along the lines of dBridge or even Icicle, but now has shifted slightly towards the techno like Marcus Intalex’ rebirth as Trevino. Good on ya, bud.

As a result, he’s absorbed the more minimal murk of techno music, which is definitely present here. It starts with a very much half-time DnB tempo dubbed-out roller centred on a crackly locked groove percussion line. No sooner does this one end than you’re immersed into the barrage of giant drums that is ‘Retrouvaille’, with its constant stutter and rumbling sub bass. It sort of sounds like Dadub or Endian. Proper apocalyptic 128 stuff. The B side starts with a tune that’s like Om Unit’s loose 170 stuff that’s been submerged in a black oily liquid.

Deep, dark, and minimal, with that gurgling growling bass lurking underneath. B2 is more of a 125 bouncy thing but no less dark.


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