With electronic music currently at the most fertile it’s been for years, new sub-genres are emerging quicker than ever before with artists constantly redefining people’s expectations. One artist who has made being indefinable his mission statement is Actress, aka Darren Cunningham, by carefully drawing on the best elements of styles of music, has created a sound that truly transcends all current genres.
Cunningham grew up in Wolverhampton and played football for West Bromwich Albion, before an injury in the early-00s sent him out of the game and into music – first DJing, then producing, via a Roland Groovebox and a Dictaphone. His passion for music drove him to establishing his own Werk night event promoted with Gavin Wealev between 2002 and 2006, and also to set up his own label Werk Disc. Over the last 8 years Werk Disc has developed a roster of some of the most interesting electronic artists to date, including Zomby, Lukid & Lone.
After four years of work Actress released one of the most enduring albums of the last few years, his 2008 debut LP ‘Hazyville’. This was followed by the 2010 album ‘Splazsh’, released to widespread acclaim including a 5 star reviews from Fact Magazine. One of the standout album tracks for us was the hypnotic 80s melancholic techno track ‘Maze’:
Last year he visited the Congo as part of Damon Albarn’s DRC project, and appeared (in his ‘Thriller’ guise) on Radiohead’s ‘TKOL RMX 1234567′. His latest LP, ‘R.I.P’ was released last week on the British Independent record label ‘Honest Jon’s’ to rave reviews from the likes of Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, The NME & The Quietus, with Drowned In Sound declaring “To call it album of the year at this stage wouldn’t so much be pre-emption as an actual understatement. 10/10″.
“An artist so underground that even his own friends doubt his existence” – Dazed&Confused Magazine
“Some of the most exciting techno around” – Resident Advisor
“One of the UK’s most fascinating musical figures” – Fact Magazine
“A musical icon for our generation” – Dummy Magazine
Catch Actress at dollop’s 8th Birthday event in Nottingham on Friday June 1st, where he plays alongside Julio Bashmore, Jackmaster, Huxley, Oneman, Amirali, Dusky, Charlie Banks & lots more.
Lone is the creative vision of music producer Matt Cutler, who hit the scene five years ago with the release of his first album, Everything Is Changing In Colour, in 2007. With his futuristic sound and infectious vibe, Lone has a fresh and unique sound that fuses electronic beats with a catchy bass line which fills his music with a radiant energy. Set to be released on May 5th, Lone’s new album, Galaxy Garden, captures the magic of the synthesiser to take you on a psychedelic journey through a jungle of rhythm. The songs have a certain enchantment about them that can take you to another place and bring about a release that is almost hypnotic. When asked about the album and its concept, Matt says “the way I picture this album – is that it’s set in a rainforest at night, looking up at the stars. Looking at space from the ground up and having your mind fucking blown…” Lone teamed up with R&S Records over a year ago and has been working on an album for them ever since; Galaxy Garden slides easily into the intoxicating genre of electronica that R&S have been specialising in for years, alongside artists such as James Blake, Pariah and Space Dimension Controller. An independent record label, R&S are currently at the height of their game, signing some of the best up-and-coming artists in electronic music. Lone is the latest star to spark their ignition and Galaxy Garden is set to bring a fresh glow to its fire.