Boomkat Product Review:
Proper, lock-pickin’ steppers from Pessimist, on the cold foot for Blackest Ever Black’s A14 series with two solo darts following killer work with the Ruffhouse trio released on Samurai Music and UVB-76.
Arriving at BEB via underground tip-off from Rhythmic Theory, these are hands-down the best strikes in Pessimist’s tightly formed catalogue, distilling his already selective palette to barest, essentialist proof.
The A-side’s bone dry badass Balaklava is a proper shadowboxer; like the spawn of Doc Scott left to fend for itself in a lightless warehouse where it develops preternatural sense of proprioception and gravity-defying balance - with reflexes primed to knock out angry wasps or execute silent raids on enemy tech house camps.
Orphic is its stealthier counterpart, swarming airborne electronics around a central pillar of formless, vertiginous bass to sound like a camouflaged, spring-heeled Cut Hands riddim picked out by night vision goggles during deep ops in arctic no-mans-land.