Pessimist is the alias of Kristian Jabs, a Bristol-based drum & bass producer who first set tongues wagging with a beautifully dark 2016 Balaklava 12” on Blackest Ever Black's A14 sub-label. His first exposure to the genre was through more mainstream breeds, as evidenced in his early releases, but this changed when he made the move home to Bristol from Cornwall, set to enroll at the city's university. Alongside friends Nick Callaghan, then arranging the Abstract party series, and Tom Cooper, Jabs formed the Ruffhouse drum & bass production crew in 2012. And as Jabs' knowledge of the sub-genre began to broaden, his sound began to change—more abstract effects, ambiance, and a brooding, darker, techno(ish) aesthetic.
Later that year he debuted on Samurai Music with Canyon and returned three years later with The Woods / Lead Foot, a more refined listen—and a glimpse as to what was brewing behind closed doors. After his Balaklava 12”, Jabs sent Kiran Sande of Blackest Ever Black eight tracks which then became his debut self-titled LP—a dramatic, dark, and thoroughly captivating listen. It blends noir, smoked-out dub-scape, acidic rave, and downtempo breakbeat with a bombed-out industrial ambience, resulting in some breathtaking soundscapes that you can imagine in the club as much as you can in sci-fi soundtracks.
His latest album is set to release in June 2019 on Pessimist Productions (PESS002). Written and produced by himself and Karim Maas.