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. 

Vinyl Double LP £16.99 PESS002

2LP on Pessimist Productions.

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Pessimist & Karim Maas by Pessimist & Karim Maas
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9/10 Ant 05 June 2019

Ice cold, black hole, void dwelling emissions emanating from a couple of the UVB-76 Music squad and probably the bleakest plate yet from that whole 4 6 2 5, DROOGS, The Stone Tapes axis - but actually, the second release on Pessimist’s own label (YES, that first 12” is a corker). Where those hybrid D&B/Techno labels deal in blue murderation, this is the afterparty - the sound of the bodies slowly decomposing. The overall mood of this album is immensely claustrophobic - at times like crawling through some pipe or ventilation system hiding/escaping from some terrifying H.R. Giger type shit that’s got you on its supper menu. This is darkside Drum & Bass mostly stripped of the drums and bass, leaving mostly darkside - pure, distilled Vantablack cloaked dronescapes and dread filled, beyond paranoid, impending heart attack ominous blunted hip hop. It’s like the goddamn Eraserhead Soundsystem turned up at my house, flooded the rooms with black tar, and unleashed a bunch of great white sharks. I’m not complaining.

File under: Merky/Murky.


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