Boomkat Product Review:
Dons in their field, Ruffhouse affiliates Pessimist & Karim Maas mete out a paranoid debut collaboration of dusty downstrokes and dread electronics.
The duo’s eponymous debut album is perhaps the strongest of its ilk in recent memory. Dwelling in the shadows somewhere between techno overlord Kareem’s sorely overlooked hip hop instrumentals on the Ramadan label, the smoky silhouettes of classic Portishead, and the dub-possessed spirits of Kevin “The Bug” Martin at its most scowling, the album is unyielding in its depressive outlook, but, like the aforementioned references, Pessimist & Karim Maas’s patient and texturally-detailed arrangements speak to an almost comforting virtue of darkside, isolationist UK pressures that will resonate strongly with those who like their coffee as black/brown as their hash.
Trust they’re not fucking about. It’s purely dank.