Darren Cunningham's eagerlyâ€awaited new album is an adventurous, ultramodern, thoroughly British affair, rummaging about in the inner lives of house and techno, and brilliantly elaborating the accomplishments of his debut, Hazyville. TIP!Determinedly offâ€theâ€map and resistant to pigeonholing, Cunningham is an enigmatic and playful figure, citing Francis Bacon and Monet as inspirations alongside Theo Parrish, Anthony 'Shake' Shakir, Daft Punk, ï¿½binary codes and numeral systemsï¿½, and The Avengers. He's a hard man to pin down ï¿½ somehow a key player in the postâ€dubstep diaspora and yet not there at all ï¿½ but everything comes across in his shapeâ€shifting, richly textured music. The South Londonerï¿½s acclaimed debut lived up to its name: a series of dreamlike sketches and ideas. For Splazsh the fog has lifted, the sounds are less
submerged than before, but still sticky and close ï¿½ a signature combination of exuberance and introversion, luminescence and puzzlement. Unconstrained by
the formal cliches of the dance music he loves, Actressï¿½ melodies and arrangements are enthralled by their own genies. Worlds of disturbance and melancholy revolve giddyingly inside the insidious funk of tracks like Get Ohn
and Lost. A range of musical influences is redrawn, from speed garage (Always Human) to grime (Wrong Potion), with none crowned king. There is a reflectiveness ï¿½ the ambient drift of Futureproofing, the radiophonic judder of
Supreme Cunnilingus ï¿½ in amongst the industrial, synthâ€wave flavours of Casanova, and the stirring, stately Maze. Actress has quickly and justly become one of the most respected names in the UK's new dance music underground. His own label, Werk Discs, has proven itself
one of the most formidable and tasteâ€making UK independents of recent times, bringing the world extraordinary albums from Zomby, Lukid, Lone and Actress himself. In love with the mysteries of groove and repetition, Splazsh is both a culmination and a new beginning for Actress, a substantial and eccentric work
from a brave and coolly individual artist.
With international press interest gathering ï¿½ photo features in Dazed And Confused, and Fader in the US, and a session with Wolfgang Tillmans for the cover of the German magazine Groove ï¿½ the stage is set for Actress.