The music emanating from London’s Actress (real name Darren Cunningham) is experimental, textural and always exciting. The first I heard of his category defying electronica was on the release of his 2010 album ‘Splazsh’, but he had already gained critical acclaim for his 2008 LP ‘Hazyville’. As Actress has released his third LP this month – R.I.P – it seemed a fitting time to feature the Werk Discs label head as our Producer of the Week.
Actress – Ivy May Gilpin
Every time I read about Actress’s music, the list of genres it seems to straddle gets longer and longer – dubstep, electro, techno, house – it seems rather futile to try. As an artist and label boss Actress refuses to be categorised or pinned down, and the sounds he creates personally always seem they like are several steps ahead of anything that has a label. Tracks like ‘Ivy May Gilpin’ have hypnotic loops that build up and ebb away, and tracks such as ‘Lost’ and ‘Hubble’ have hints of the days of Detroit techno, but without aping it – they push that influences into fresh territory with grinding bass, bleeps and staggered vocal spurts.
Actress – Lost
Actress – Hubble
‘R.I.P’ is Actress’s latest release and it retains the level of quality and freshness you would expect. His passion for experimentation is what I think sets Actress apart from the hundreds of producers who mix influences together in their music.
Actress – Ascending