"Mesmerising, moody-as-f**k new production from Pessimist, owning the dark blue space where icy drum’n'bass minimalism and sub-aquatic dub-techno meet. Perfect alignment of stripped, shadow-boxer drums, swooping drones and earth-shaking subs, with a thin layer of crackle and masterful use of silence…..you can hear the influence of Chain Reaction outliers, Source Direct, even early dark garage in there….but this is a pure futurist blend. On the flip, the dense, dungeon rollage of ‘Orphic’, an effortless bridging of torques and tempos that builds on the radical groundwork of Regis, Felix K and Pessimist's own Ruffhouse crew.Following a run of fine solo work for Ingredients and Samurai Music among others, the Bristol-based producer and UVB-76 co-founder has truly excelled himself here, demonstrating both a subtlety and a ruthlessness that sets him apart from his peers. If you come across a deadlier record this year, let us know.
Released 26th August 2016
7 Track 12" Vinyl LP.
Dubbed-out cosmic pastorals and politically exasperated techno-exotica from Blackest Ever Black’s most secretive and shape-shifting project. Guest contributors include Conrad and Jonnine Standish of HTRK, Genevieve McGuckin (These Immortal Souls), and Lucas Santanna. The ghosts of Les Baxter, Rowland S. Howard and Nina Simone are also in attendance. But whoever is pulling the strings remains hidden…possibly in plain view. Structurally Wreck His Days recalls the grand collective statements of This Mortal Coil or Massive Attack, but musically its dreamlike overtures have more in common with Deux Filles, Global Communication, Arthur Russell, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Anthony Moore, even Robert Wyatt circa Old Rottenhat/Nothing Can Stop Us. It roams far and wide: from the lambent, near-Balearic piano loops of the title track, to the Audrey Horne-worthy death-jazz of ‘Ghost From The Coast’, and hulking, bass-heavy soundsystem weapon ‘Reverberasia’. Side Two opens with the swelling, uplifting astral psychedelia of ‘…And I Tried So Hard’, while ‘I Beat As I Sleep As I Dream’ reprises the bleak existential synth drift of T.T.W.F.U.’s extraordinary 2014 10”, How Great A Fame Has Departed?. A deep-seated socialist impulse drives the whole thing: with a dedication to women who have fought oppression throughout history, references to the Spanish Civil War and the UK Miners’ Strike, and an overarching belief in the international ideal (in fact the closing ‘Rosa / Kollontai’ explicitly invokes the Internationale). Written and recorded over the course of 2014-15, Wreck His Days is a plea, or perhaps a requiem, for a world that embraces difference and upholds equality. Its contemporary relevance hardly needs emphasising.
1 Wreck His Days
2 Ghost From The Coast
4 And I Tried So Hard
5 I Beat As I Sleep As I Dream
6 Ay Carmela
7 Rosa / Kollantai
a1. Tropic Of Cancer - Plant Lilies At My Head
a2. Tropic Of Cancer - Court Of Devotion
b1. Tropic Of Cancer - Hardest Day
b2. Tropic Of Cancer - Children Of A Lesser God
c1. Tropic Of Cancer - More Alone
c2. Tropic Of Cancer - The Season Won't Change (And Neither Will You)
d1. Tropic Of Cancer - Wake The Night
d2. Tropic Of Cancer - Rites Of The Wild