January 7, 2019 mic


Reclaim Your City 312 | Pessimist (Bristol, United Kingdom)

Releasing music since 2010, Pessimist is the alias of Kristian Jabs, a Bristol-based drum & bass producer who first gained wider recognition as one-third of Ruffhouse: the Samurai Music-affiliated group responsible for giving the drum ‘n’ bass community a much-needed shake-up with their ultra-precise, ultra-dark halftime sound.

In recent years, Jabs has been more prolific as a solo artist, exploring the intersection between techno and drum ‘n’ bass that centres around razor-sharp drums, choking ambience, cavernous subs and very little else. In 2016, he found his spiritual home on the infamous Blackest Ever Black imprint – first with low-key techstep anthem Balaklava, and then with his universally acclaimed debut album, Pessimist. Ranking highly on end of year lists everywhere, the album turned heads throughout the wider dance music community, indicating the arrival of an artist with a mature, fully-formed sound, refreshingly unbridled by tempo or genre.

His mix for Reclaim Your City, was recorded live at Reconstrvct in New York on November 10th 2018, and blends noir, smoked-out dub-scape, acidic rave, and downtempo breakbeat with a bombed-out industrial ambience.

Soundcloud: bit.ly/Pessimist_SC
Resident Advisor: bit.ly/Pessimist_RA
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Discogs: bit.ly/Pessimist_DC
Booking: sanjay@blackesteverblack.com