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Just when we thought Darren Cunningham had retired his Actress moniker this black label 12” arrives out of the blue. Was it bullshit? Is this a posthumous release? Who know’s but I for one am glad to have another record from the man. I thought it was pretty funny that most critics just couldn’t get with the gloomy vibes of ‘Ghettoville’. If you’re after a party ...

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Ltd 12" on Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune. Edition of 500 copies.

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Xoul by Actress
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 18 July 2014

Just when we thought Darren Cunningham had retired his Actress moniker this black label 12” arrives out of the blue. Was it bullshit? Is this a posthumous release? Who know’s but I for one am glad to have another record from the man. I thought it was pretty funny that most critics just couldn’t get with the gloomy vibes of ‘Ghettoville’. If you’re after a party starter then I’m afraid you’re in the wrong place with ‘Xoul’ which exudes a somber mood as it drags along at a snails pace with it’s lovely melancholic bleepy melody and stoned, sparse rhythm. The ‘Dark Chamber’ version has doomy strings and more of a hip-hop flavour. ‘Xoul Particles’ is basically another mix bringing a bleepy/ music box like twinkling loop to the fore.

After three variations on the same theme we get ‘Pharaoh Moon Rising’ which works some grumbling bass around even more delayed bleeps, this time sounding like a life support machine coming to life and singing. Reasonably dark material throughout but hey you need darkness in order to see light right? Limited edition of 500 copies.


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