Boomkat Product Review:
Leading-edge bassbin shapeshifter Pessimist delivers bone-rattling D&B and brokebeat workouts for his spiritual home at UVB-76 Music.
‘WPN-1 / WPN-2’ is the Bristol mutant’s first shot of ’22, and sees him follow the explorative examples of his recent 12”s for Berceuse Heroique and Hotline Recordings into darkest corners of the warehouse. The first one comes off like Shackleton doing it for Renegade Hardware, all gnashing percussion and cold reverbs with an unyielding flow, intensified by nasty stabs and midnight jungle atmospheres in the 2nd half - a lowkey masterclass in stush D&B concentration.
The other cut slows right down to a broken techno meter, rolling out like Fret on a bad one, lighting up hard-bitten breaks with searchlight synth flares like one of his rider, downbeat works with Holsten.