Our album of the week (20th April 2012)
Between sleep and the void lies the electronic interzone of Actress. Following the noted
2010 album Splazsh (voted number one in The Wire magazine’s Top 50 Releases Of The
Year) South London producer Darren Cunningham returns with a suite of electronic
laments, tone structures and dreamtime rhythms which all carry his unmistakable
fingerprint. R.I.P. comprises fifteen tracks painstakingly crafted by Cunningham in his
London studio over recent years, with a conceptual arc taking in death, life, sleep and
religion. “I'm just an instrument,” Cunningham avers.
R.I.P. underlines Actress’s reputation as one of the most eloquent voices to emerge from
the sub-bass nexus of London dance music. His intuitive and original grasp of beats,
textures and rhythm puts him on a parallel path to dance music innovators such as
Drexciya, T++, Aphex Twin, Burial and Basic Channel.
R.I.P. / Ascending / Holy Water / Marble Plexus / Uriel's Black Harp / Jardin /
Serpent / Shadow From Tartarus / Tree Of Knowledge / Raven / Glint / Caves Of Paradise /
The Lord's Graffiti / IWAAD / N.E.W.
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