Actress Vinyl, CD & tapes by Actress at Norman Records

When touring his excellent book, Retromania, journalist Simon Reynolds suggested that Actress was the only musician he could think of who hadn't succumbed to temptation of nostalgia. Whether or not you agree with Reynolds, it's hard to argue that the...read more »

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Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra
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Following the single release of ‘Audio Track 5’ last September, Ninja Tune now offer up an entire LP of Darren “Actress” Cunningham’s collaboration with London Contemporary Orchestra, which first performed at the Barbican in 2016 (helpfully, ‘Audio Track 5’ is track 8 here). The daunting task of adopting an entire suite of new acoustic instruments into his mucky toolset seems to have led Actress to clean up his sound a fair whack, immediately putting his signature sound at risk. Still, what comes out is a lovely texture.

Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra
Audio Track 5

Sure, why not? Sounds like a good fit: experimental techno producer Actress follows up the phenomenal AZD on a collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra, offering new pieces as well as older cuts in a new framework. His penchant for loop-based work is here joined with acoustic flourishes in a bewildering juxtaposition.

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AZD

It’s been three years since Actress released his last full length Ghettoville, and after what seemed to be a farewell press release drawing a line under the Actress project I’m sure we’re not the only ones who will be glad to receive this news. Seemingly playing round the ideas of language and incoherence his 5th album AZD is incisive and forward pushing as ever.

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Meets Shangaan Electro

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Bird Matrix (Remixes)

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DJ-Kicks

Actress is known for mixing it up in his DJ sets, unafraid to shift BPMs and genres dramatically. This mix for DJ Kicks (the 49th in the series) is his first commercially released mix, finally allowing the home listener to hear what he gets up to on the decks. Includes tracks from Autechre, Mark Fell and Shit and Shine, plus an exclusive from Actress himself.

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Xoul

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Grey Over Blue

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Paint, Straw And Bubbles

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Silver Cloud

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R.I.P

Not to be confused with Remarc's junglist anthem, 'R.I.P.' is the third album from UK electronic producer Actress. After the success of 2010's stripped-back take on dance/club music 'Splazsh', Darren Cunningham took his techno to more abstract heights with an IDM record full of knotty rhythms and warped electronics. We gave this one a perfect 10 on release and we wouldn't lie to you; check it out now!

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Rainy Dub / Faceless

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Harrier ATTK/ Gershwin

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Hazyville

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Splazsh

The second album from British electronic producer Darren Cunningham aka Actress blends the rhythmic club sounds of techno and house with a sheen of adventurous experimentalism. 'Splazsh' pairs minimalist beats and shuffles with hazy ambience, chopped up funk, heady clatters and sturdy 4/4s. Actress has made a name for himself as a cutting edge dance producer thanks to incredible releases such as this one, 'R.I.P.', 'Ghettoville' and more. 

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Machine and Voice

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No Tricks

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