The producer known as ACTRESS and his r&b concrète

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this is great! listened to previous album at the time and it left no impression, maybe i was too hasty

'r&b concrète' is the sort of self decription that usually entices and then disappoints but it's quite fitting in this case

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 03:38 (eight years ago) link

this fuckin BURIES the competition

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 04:39 (eight years ago) link

post linx

acoleuthic, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 04:42 (eight years ago) link

there's a mediafire link on the second page of results, idk

and

http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4141569-lost-10-of-2010-1--actress-splazsh

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 04:47 (eight years ago) link

"r&b concrète" is not an 'enticing' description lmao

zvookster, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 05:12 (eight years ago) link

self description

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 05:13 (eight years ago) link

kinda is

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 05:14 (eight years ago) link

ilx is full of ppl having their grand claims for their music dismissed, just this once u gotta allow it's kinda apt

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 05:17 (eight years ago) link

it could be apt

zvookster, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 05:18 (eight years ago) link

zvookster, runoff

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 05:19 (eight years ago) link

Been listening to this for the last ten days or so... there are a few songs ("Lost" especially) that stood out right away. The rest I've been warming up to.

Wire named this their #1 album of the year, btw.

scott pgwp (pgwp), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 05:32 (eight years ago) link

yeah i'm guessing a few respondents itt will have seen it there

not an egregiously 'wire'ish album tho, i can imagine ppl who have never heard of luc ferrari enjoying it

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 05:34 (eight years ago) link

excellent album, though not quite one of my very favorites of the year. i've been playing it for a month or two, and enjoy it while it's on, but find that it leaves little impression after the fact. i wonder if this is perhaps due to the fact that it inhabits a genre i spend little time with (i have never heard of luc ferrari, ftr), so i'm less able to identify its most distinctive traits? anyway, i particularly enjoy the stretch from "maze" through "let's fly," songs that fans of this type of thing never seem to mention.

contenderizer, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 05:42 (eight years ago) link

don't wanna sound like a hater, but it's ok. I can see how people who haven't heard Steve Poindexter and Musique Records and Hieroglyphic Being might find it groundbreaking -- it kinda straddles the middle ground between that sound, and the abstract side of US deep house like DJ Qu and M. Pittman, w/ a bit of Chillwave enabled haze thrown in. but beyond the admittedly quite cool sound design the compositions seem to me a bit generic at times, I don't get how it "BURIES the competition". i do like the track "Hubble" a lot

he's a good dj btw, plays loads of Flyte Tyme and New Jack Swing and 90s house and stuff

missingNO, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 06:05 (eight years ago) link

a lot of the writing about this album concentrates on this "r&b concrete" angle as if "disembodied vocal samples" are somehow this new groundbreaking technique of modern electronic music production, when in actuality it is about the most cliched. hasn't Todd Edwards been "disembodying" rnb vocals since like, 1994?

missingNO, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 06:09 (eight years ago) link

u do sound like a h8r and not a very interesting one

have heard first two of those and it's not a close relaish

i wouldn't make claims for splazsh being hugely innovative

u misunderstood a ref to another hyped south london producah who might get called 'r&b concrete' ;_;

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 06:14 (eight years ago) link

how many tracks on this have "disembodied vocal samples" and how do u discern between those and common or garden vocal samples

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 06:15 (eight years ago) link

no need to get defensive, though if it helps boost your ILX status by all means. next step "sock master" amirite?

if anything i'm just trying to work out why this leaves me cold when I love so much of the stuff it cribs from. I guess you missed the part where I praised the sound design and mentioned that I like the track "Hubble" a lot, while touching on his excellent dj skills?

and if you can't hear Hieroglpyhic Being in something like say "Bubble Buts And Equations" then I don't believe you've heard Hieroglyphic Being

missingNO, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 06:22 (eight years ago) link

havent we already had this convo about james blake, or is this diff somehow

lyrics is weak ... like clock radio similes (deej), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 06:26 (eight years ago) link

^^

BIG SANTA aka the sleighdriver (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 06:31 (eight years ago) link

missing u know yr shit and have good taste but 'I can see how people who haven't heard Steve Poindexter and Musique Records and Hieroglyphic Being might find it groundbreaking' is the sort of pass/agg trainspotter drivel that's not rly conducive to good ilx

u will know i have not heard 'Hieroglyphic Being' cuz he is third in yr list and i 'have heard first two of those '

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 06:33 (eight years ago) link

idk about james blake, don't rly care/rate/etc him

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 06:33 (eight years ago) link

there's some talk of actress in one of the rolling dance threads btw, moonship digs it iirc

zvookster, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 06:35 (eight years ago) link

no whiney weingarteno on this comment but really feel like most ppl that find this treatment of r&b interesting don't actually dig real r&b

this stuff is still pretty aight tho

BIG SANTA aka the sleighdriver (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 06:35 (eight years ago) link

don't rly care about r&b beyond the big singles yuh

i like music concrete tho

of course it doesn't sound a lot like the former, and the schematic owes little to the latter but yknow it kinda works as shorthand for what he's doing

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 06:38 (eight years ago) link

not sure i get the (any) connection to musique concrete. it sounds like pleasantly spacey/funky idm to me. connect the dots?

contenderizer, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 06:44 (eight years ago) link

"u will know i have not heard 'Hieroglyphic Being' cuz he is third in yr list and i 'have heard first two of those '"

ok well my point still stands, if you can't hear the influence Steve Poindexter's label, Muzique Records, has had on Actress's album Splazsh then etcetc

sorry if it's "pas/agg trainspotter drivel" to actually know my shit about the subject at hand, but when you say something like "this fuckin BURIES the competition" you shouldn't be surprised that somebody else might say, well actually, there's other stuff out there that already sounds like this and does it better

missingNO, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 07:02 (eight years ago) link

god yr slow

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 07:15 (eight years ago) link

god yr butthurt?

missingNO, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 07:16 (eight years ago) link

i didn't come here to argue dude, I'll leave your thread be *waves*

missingNO, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 07:17 (eight years ago) link

tsccchhhh

entrylevs

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 07:21 (eight years ago) link

oh ok, Burial reference, excellent. bravo old chap

missingNO, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 07:21 (eight years ago) link

still, I'm not so slow as to realize that "rnb concrete" is fucking lame

missingNO, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 07:23 (eight years ago) link

yeah its kinda a lame thread title trinket to get the spesh addled vagrants like yrself thru the door, all counts towards the admission stats tho

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 07:26 (eight years ago) link

my sympathies, nakhchivan, for post-launch events itt

contenderizer, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 07:28 (eight years ago) link

ikr

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 07:30 (eight years ago) link

missing no just needs to chill a lil, i don't wanna scare off ppl who know more about techno than me

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 07:30 (eight years ago) link

yeah apols for missing your pun. keep the ad homs coming though, you'll be reposted in zing thread in no time

missingNO, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 07:31 (eight years ago) link

Apparently Actress samples Youtube in his beats, tons of tightly edited low bitrate samples stacked layer upon layer.

It definitely seems like a reasonable comparison to the original Musique Concrete guys.

And I'm a big Hieroglyphic Being fan and don't feel that Actress is at all a bad comparison.

With Jamal its huge amounts material to dig through, with Actress: 2 minute long tracks.

Maybe the argument should be between brevity and long-windedness?

sistern, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 08:01 (eight years ago) link

hmmm i don't really dig jamal moss very much and i don't think it's a great comparison unless you fixate on certain aspects of actress and the much better end of jamal moss.

the r&b-ish parts ("purple splazsh", "wrong potion") are the bits i like least. love love love the pleasantly spacy/funky IDM parts ("hubble", "bubble butts", "the kettle men"). i loathe the todd edwards influenced parts.

it didn't make my top 10, but it would've made #11 and if i made a list just on amount of time spent listening this would've been in the top 10.

i have hazyville but haven't really given it a listen ... what about his nonplus release? that was sick.

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 08:03 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbSd7vgG-JA

^^ sounds more like urban tribe to me than burial or todd e

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 08:04 (eight years ago) link

srsly off topic but jamal moss is 75% wack

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 08:08 (eight years ago) link

as is being detroit/chicago nerd, as anyone who witnessed moonship: the early years will certainly attest to

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 08:09 (eight years ago) link

:)

if i did, i would

Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 08:12 (eight years ago) link

Apparently Actress samples Youtube in his beats, tons of tightly edited low bitrate samples stacked layer upon layer.

It definitely seems like a reasonable comparison to the original Musique Concrete guys.

is this so? have heard this said of other producers, but not of cunningham. which may be to say, "i haven't done the research," but what's (not) done is done. and yeah, if true, that working process does make sense of the phrase/thread title. plus helps explain the pleasant fuzziness of the sound.

contenderizer, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 08:13 (eight years ago) link

sounds pleasant but it's a little too clever isn't it, calling albums "hazyville" and stuff to bait the hauntology crew?

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 08:17 (eight years ago) link

i just think he's best when he keeps it light, straightforward and beat oriented

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 08:19 (eight years ago) link

I need to dig the album out again and give it another listen, shifted so much stuff around in my room I've got no idea where it is.

This is one of the few albums this year I felt compelled to own on vinyl.

sistern, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 08:30 (eight years ago) link

And yeah, Jamal does have that Sun Ra quality control thing going on. When he's on he's definitely on.

Whereas all the Actress stuff I've heard was at least worth listening to more than once.

Hazyville included, some great shit on there.

sistern, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 08:32 (eight years ago) link

i read the Youtube thing as well and it definitely goes to explain the graininess and warmth of the album -- kinda like an extreme update of the vintage sampler aliasing you hear on classic NY boom bap stuff

the Hieroglyphic Being/Muzique comparisons I only make with reference to Splazsh. it's that slightly unhinged, unpredictable approach to drum programming, wildly unquantized percussion patterns on top of straight 4x4 kicks, crunchy bass drums and hi hats that sizzle, and insanely unfathomable synth lines. he def has a more refined sense of melody and song structure that is his own, overall the album strikes me as an IDM dude's take on the abstract US house sound that's been popular over the past couple of years or so, that just so happens to fit in with the current chillwave/hypnagogic zeitgeist. despite not being crazy on the album, it's at least an interesting direction

basically though, I wanna hear more things like "Hubble" or "Paint, Straw and Bubbles", and less like "Senorita" or "Purple Splazsh"

missingNO, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 11:57 (eight years ago) link

his edit of this on Thriller is cool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xceQvaDAl08

missingNO, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 12:01 (eight years ago) link

the r&b-ish parts ("purple splazsh", "wrong potion") are the bits i like least.

OTM ... if there was $$$ to be made from making techno tributes to Prince then everyone would have been doing it years ago.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 16:08 (eight years ago) link

re: hazyville, i like the hardcore references in "again the addiction"

moonship journey to baja, Thursday, 30 December 2010 02:16 (eight years ago) link

and on "crushed", too!

moonship journey to baja, Thursday, 30 December 2010 03:17 (eight years ago) link

this album is so good & not really r&b at all and i don't think people who don't really like r&b would ever mistake this with r&b. feel like the sounds on it are very tube-ey, i visualize a lot of the lines as orange neon lights, something really linear (yet obviously very contorted) about it. way better than james blake although i didn't get the bfd w/ that thread but i also don't know anything about dance music. i've listened to this album on drugs a lot

flopson, Thursday, 30 December 2010 03:40 (eight years ago) link

moonship what's your top 10

flopson, Thursday, 30 December 2010 03:44 (eight years ago) link

my top 10 favorite albums this year

moonship journey to baja, Thursday, 30 December 2010 03:53 (eight years ago) link

moonship what are your top 10 favourite albums this year

flopson, Thursday, 30 December 2010 03:57 (eight years ago) link

top 10 albums

demdike stare - liberation through hearing
martyn - fabric 50
ben klock - berghain 04
emeralds - does it look like I'm here?
dBridge & instra:mental - fabriclive 50
flying lotus - cosmogramma
shackleton - fabric 55
shed - the traveller
madlib - medicine show volume 3
anthony shakir - frictionalism

top 10 singles

martyn - is this insanity (remixes)
mmm - nous sommes mmm
wax - 30003
eqd - 04
locussolus - gunship

and other than that it was all from 2009: 2562, martyn, peverelist, zomby, the rest of that crew, wax and eqd sides by shed, scion versions, levon vincent, t++, dettmann and klock, function stuff on sandwell, milton bradley, frozen border, etc etc it all sounded as relevant or more this year as it did last year, and generally much more than what i read about in a lot of other dance music year-end lists :-(

moonship journey to baja, Thursday, 30 December 2010 04:08 (eight years ago) link

your top 10 is lookin more like a top 5

flopson, Thursday, 30 December 2010 04:11 (eight years ago) link

& thanks

flopson, Thursday, 30 December 2010 04:11 (eight years ago) link

actually i forgot some off of my top 10 list

2562 - demons
2562 - rear window
rustie - sunburst
joker - tron

moonship journey to baja, Thursday, 30 December 2010 04:12 (eight years ago) link

what's your top 10, flopson?

moonship journey to baja, Thursday, 30 December 2010 04:26 (eight years ago) link

no dance stuff or anything, and i have difficulty with albums so ten is kind of a stretch but i pretty much love all these

waka flocka flame - flockavelli
e-40 - revenue retrievin
earl sweatshirt - earl
gucci mane - mr zone 6/jewelry selection
nht boyz - power triangle

purling hiss - hissteria
pc worship - s/t lp and 7" on shdwply
pig - magnetic
sex church - 6 songs by sex church
drunkdriver - s/t

flopson, Thursday, 30 December 2010 04:48 (eight years ago) link

this demdike stare is awesome

flopson, Thursday, 30 December 2010 04:56 (eight years ago) link

this didn't leave any impression on me the first couple of times i listened to it. i've been assured that it's a grower, tho not sure i care enough to find this out for myself. it's assuredly better than james blake tho.

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Thursday, 30 December 2010 09:00 (eight years ago) link

missingNO: your mentioning of the "slightly unhinged, unpredictable approach to drum programming [&] wildly unquantized percussion patterns on top of straight 4x4 kicks" brings to mind how psyched I was to have learned about Terrence Dixon back in late '08 through Cunningham himself referring to him (along w/ a bunch of other better-known Detroiters, whose approaches I don't hear quite as strongly in Actress' work) as an influence on the 1-sheet blurb for "Hazyville".

Most of the T. Dixon/Population One stuff released on Metroplex and elsewhere that I've heard (from the mid-'90s to recent) has rhythmically really reminded me of Actress, in terms of the funky misalignments, etc.

(Anybody here into Downliners Sekt? A similar-enough aesthetic to warrant asking...)
http://boomkat.com/downloads/317164-downliners-sekt-hello-lonely-hold-the-nation
http://boomkat.com/downloads/367254-downliners-sekt-we-make-hits-not-the-public

Don't Make Me A Burrito (Craig D.), Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:50 (eight years ago) link

Good to see Moonship's list there.

puff pastry hangman (admrl), Friday, 31 December 2010 19:48 (eight years ago) link

what's better

this - FWIW also **BUBBLING** just just outside the top 10, possibly nudging out dbridge or shackleton, FWIW also r&b concréte

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIPQqf4O9j8

or this - is this r&b concréte

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1fDsDsJsQg

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 31 December 2010 23:40 (eight years ago) link

downliners sekt have the right sound but the beats are chopped up a little OTT for my taste.

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 31 December 2010 23:56 (eight years ago) link

actress' 2010 top ten features steve poindexter @ #1
http://www.boomkat.com/charts.cfm?id=576&gID=11

sisilafami, Sunday, 2 January 2011 23:42 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Listening to this now. Not sure I get it - any of it. Tracks have been popping up on random for a while now and they've just sounded like awkward repeating patterns with little structure or development. So I've decided to listen to it as a whole. Don't hear any r'n'b whatsoever. I guess I will have to give it a couple of goes.

chandelier falling through a bar in a batman costume (dog latin), Thursday, 17 February 2011 00:41 (eight years ago) link

what's there to get? it's house music, man. we're hardly talking fucking xenakis here

missingNO, Thursday, 17 February 2011 02:59 (eight years ago) link

I would call Actress neither house music nor easy to get to be honest.

EDB, Thursday, 17 February 2011 03:20 (eight years ago) link

yeah i dont really get it either, i thought it would be a grower...

just sayin, Thursday, 17 February 2011 09:52 (eight years ago) link

It doesn't really become house music until at least the fourth track, and even then it's pretty abstract. Some tracks, that Bubble Butts one in particular, is just plain annoying. Again, I'll def give it another shot, because I've a feeling it's the kind of thing that clicks once heard in context and from then on you can't do without.

chandelier falling through a bar in a batman costume (dog latin), Thursday, 17 February 2011 10:07 (eight years ago) link

i particularly enjoy the stretch from "maze" through "let's fly," songs that fans of this type of thing never seem to mention.

― contenderizer, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 05:42 (1 month ago)

THIS, massively. Had forgotten how good 'Maze' is until putting it on again at the weekend.

I see he's on a bill with Demdike Stare and others in Bristol soon, that's hella tempting if I had any money at all.

the worst dong of the last ten years (Craigo Boingo), Thursday, 17 February 2011 10:47 (eight years ago) link

I've been slowly getting into the Splazsh album. Works well on headphones.

sam500, Thursday, 17 February 2011 11:32 (eight years ago) link

Hazyville is good too, if a lot less evolved.

seminal fuiud (NickB), Thursday, 17 February 2011 11:33 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, I heard and liked 'Hazyville' - relatively passively - when it came out, 'Splazsh' was a big evolution though. And it does keep rewarding. Both a grower and with some moments of great immediacy.

the worst dong of the last ten years (Craigo Boingo), Thursday, 17 February 2011 11:38 (eight years ago) link

I'm gonna go to that Bristol show on Saturday I think

Jari Litmandem (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 17 February 2011 12:01 (eight years ago) link

i like that he uses bits of cut up youtube vids or w/e, presumably just the audio but if u play mpeg videos in winamp 2.xx u get some chill ass noise so who knows

nulty dread (nakhchivan), Thursday, 17 February 2011 12:09 (eight years ago) link

this is awful.

gr8080, Friday, 18 February 2011 00:02 (eight years ago) link

people don't know how to troll anymore

☠ (roxymuzak), Friday, 18 February 2011 00:08 (eight years ago) link

whither phil paterson

☠ (roxymuzak), Friday, 18 February 2011 00:09 (eight years ago) link

this album is kind of infuriating but a few times listening to it it was the best, i don't know if i would recommend repeatedly trying it too many times -- try drugs maybe?

flopson, Friday, 18 February 2011 00:30 (eight years ago) link

yeah i was gonna say, were u hi?

☠ (roxymuzak), Friday, 18 February 2011 00:30 (eight years ago) link

i hadn't even heard the album when i made this thread, just the first two or three tracks

i don't like it as much as i did over xmas, but this and his recent singles are p good

roy stride or die (nakhchivan), Friday, 18 February 2011 00:34 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

I really like this

corey, Monday, 21 March 2011 12:33 (eight years ago) link

New 12" is excellent too

the worst dong of the last ten years (Craigo Boingo), Monday, 21 March 2011 12:35 (eight years ago) link

I dunno if the musique concrète comparisons are apt — it just seems like soulful house-influenced electronic with a fastidious approach to sounds. wonder what kind of soft/hardware he used

corey, Monday, 21 March 2011 12:35 (eight years ago) link

also thankful this doesn't have that annoying cod 90s R&B filtered-synth squiggle that you hear on like everything that gets called dubstep or post-ds

corey, Monday, 21 March 2011 12:56 (eight years ago) link

tho thankfully this isn't dubstep or post-dubstep

kid 606: the nultness (nakhchivan), Monday, 21 March 2011 19:11 (eight years ago) link

Apparently Actress samples Youtube in his beats, tons of tightly edited low bitrate samples stacked layer upon layer.

It definitely seems like a reasonable comparison to the original Musique Concrete guys.

― sistern, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 08:01 (2 months ago)

this, p much

kid 606: the nultness (nakhchivan), Monday, 21 March 2011 19:13 (eight years ago) link

Hubble has a very strange effect on my brain if I listen to it all the way through. It puts me in a sinister dreamlike trance that I can't quite describe, but have rarely experienced in music

farielan chosder bout a chagh an i ballme trantuming (dog latin), Monday, 21 March 2011 19:42 (eight years ago) link

Bubble Butts and Equations has been sticking in my head this week.

mh, Monday, 21 March 2011 20:23 (eight years ago) link

tho thankfully this isn't dubstep or post-dubstep

I didn't say it was!

corey, Monday, 21 March 2011 21:41 (eight years ago) link

and i didn't say you said it was!

kid 606: the nultness (nakhchivan), Monday, 21 March 2011 21:43 (eight years ago) link

i've stopped playing this so much but it definitely caught me for a while

i find a lot of his tracks fastidious....in a good way! they are uhm 'well architected'

kid 606: the nultness (nakhchivan), Monday, 21 March 2011 21:45 (eight years ago) link

was surprised my friend who's an autechre fiend thought this was "meh", it seems to me like Ae fans would appresh this

corey, Monday, 21 March 2011 21:50 (eight years ago) link

i like this stuff a lot

adult music person (Jordan), Monday, 21 March 2011 22:03 (eight years ago) link

someone post your favorite one or two things of his that are on youtube cause i listened to this last year and thought it was awful but am willing to re-asses

gr8080, Monday, 21 March 2011 22:05 (eight years ago) link

dont know too much about your taste & there is a p wide range of stuff on the album ito danceability, experimentalness, minimalism. i like these tho

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcnRT-m9MYo&feature=BF&playnext=1&list=QL&index=1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivvzgXdf83w&feature=related
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r7blGL1F8I&feature=related

flopson, Monday, 21 March 2011 22:38 (eight years ago) link

I liked that last one better than the other two but this shit just isn't for me I guess.

I like his logo/cover art tho!

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x18/gr8080/41b7a5f8.jpg

gr8080, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 06:00 (eight years ago) link

Hubble has a very strange effect on my brain if I listen to it all the way through. It puts me in a sinister dreamlike trance that I can't quite describe, but have rarely experienced in music

― farielan chosder bout a chagh an i ballme trantuming (dog latin), Monday, March 21, 2011 2:42 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

it makes me sleepy

adult music person (Jordan), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 14:25 (eight years ago) link

MAZE is what i wished the TR2N soundtrack sounded like

diamonddave85, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 14:43 (eight years ago) link

senorita has become my ipod rep from this album. so simple, but kind of addictive (and actually pretty!)

Dominique, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 14:55 (eight years ago) link

Jordan - yeah sleepy, but I think it once made me have an inverse parasomniac moment where I kinda fell asleep while walking around with headphones and started tripping out. It was heavy man.

farielan chosder bout a chagh an i ballme trantuming (dog latin), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 15:05 (eight years ago) link

the b side of the new single is great

kid 606: the nultness (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 15:10 (eight years ago) link

Senorita contains an Aaliyah sample, right? Hubble is one of those songs that I can listen to on repeat for 2 hours. Shigeto's album Full Circle is a good companion to Splazsh. He also plays live drums in his sets which took me by surprise (Shigeto, not Actress).

Call on me (Spinspin Sugah), Saturday, 26 March 2011 21:41 (eight years ago) link

If you love Actress like me then check out "Plastic World" by BNJMN on Rush Hour. It's like a lush, less austere Splazsh. http://phs.abstractdynamics.org/2011/03/two_albums_morphosis_bnjmn.html

Professor Respect, Sunday, 27 March 2011 18:26 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9_BO9Kr-zc

The Geirogeirgegege (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 6 April 2011 16:24 (eight years ago) link

Agreed on the BNJMN comparison. In some ways they're very different; BNJMN has a much housier feel, closer to FaltyDL maybe, and definitely a good fit for Rush Hour. But the textural quality of their sound and their approach to compression definitely share some similarities.

Also, Andy Stott's forthcoming 2x12 on Modern Love has a very Actressy vibe, maybe crossed with Dettinger... Amazing stuff.

pshrbrn, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 17:21 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

this is as good as anything's he's done

http://www.sendspace.com/file/1ky4su

MY WEEDS STRONG BLUD.mp3 (nakhchivan), Sunday, 17 July 2011 11:29 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

some of this sounds cool on an actress tip

http://soundcloud.com/lukid/preview-of-spitting-bile-ep

back in a .gif ;) (flopson), Saturday, 13 August 2011 17:47 (eight years ago) link

Sounds good--nice turning-the dial/soundbite preview segues. I recall Lukid's "Boxing Club" 12" from last year sounding particularly great, too.

As far as Actress + Lukid = Thriller goes, I'm enjoying their brand-new Radiohead remix (v. similar to Actress' "Surfer's Hymn" Panda Bear remix from earlier this year):

http://soundcloud.com/radiohead/radiohead-give-up-the-ghost

Went whole career w/o collabo, yo (Craig D.), Saturday, 13 August 2011 18:14 (eight years ago) link

much prefer actress to lukid

moonship journey to baja, Saturday, 13 August 2011 18:28 (eight years ago) link

I fell for the thread title bait, but there's nothing even remotely concrete about any of the tracks I listened to???

the wheelie king (wk), Saturday, 13 August 2011 19:53 (eight years ago) link

explain

moonship journey to baja, Saturday, 13 August 2011 20:17 (eight years ago) link

not saying this is my favourite titled thread but it has been painstakingly elaborated on upthread

back in a .gif ;) (flopson), Saturday, 13 August 2011 20:38 (eight years ago) link

it just sounds like synthesizers and drum machines. I didn't hear any "real" sounds or noises integrated into the work in any way. He might be sampling youtube videos or something, but the end result isn't any more "concrète" than any other music that has been made using a sampler since 1980.
xp

the wheelie king (wk), Saturday, 13 August 2011 20:38 (eight years ago) link

it has been painstakingly elaborated on upthread

not really. people were like "oh he samples stuff from youtube. ok, concrète. cool"

the wheelie king (wk), Saturday, 13 August 2011 20:39 (eight years ago) link

so you would say that a requirement for music concrete is the use of environmental sound?

moonship journey to baja, Saturday, 13 August 2011 20:43 (eight years ago) link

the last single harrier attk and some of the tracks released on twitter are the most 'sonically adventurous' things he has done

nakhchivan, Saturday, 13 August 2011 20:45 (eight years ago) link

well, I don't want to make any requirements or dredge up an obsolete 60-year-old debate on musique concrete vs. electronic music. I just don't hear anything in this music that makes me think "concrete" in any way. Every track seems to contain synthesizers. Now maybe those are actually samples of motors or something pitch-shifted and layered to sound like synth pads, but if the end result just sounds like plain-ol electronic music, I don't really see the point in labeling it "concrete."

xp

the wheelie king (wk), Saturday, 13 August 2011 20:47 (eight years ago) link

yeah its kinda a lame thread title trinket to get the spesh addled vagrants like yrself thru the door, all counts towards the admission stats tho

― Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 07:26 (7 months ago)

nakhchivan, Saturday, 13 August 2011 20:49 (eight years ago) link

not saying u are a vagrant, obviously

nakhchivan, Saturday, 13 August 2011 20:50 (eight years ago) link

well ithink a quick skim of the article on wikipedia will clear it up for you wk

moonship journey to baja, Saturday, 13 August 2011 20:50 (eight years ago) link

it strikes me that you have a very narrow view of what is musique concrete that doesn't even hew to what even Pierre Schafer described as the basis of musique concrete

moonship journey to baja, Saturday, 13 August 2011 20:51 (eight years ago) link

don't take it the wrong way, nothing personal, you just don't understand what musique concrete is and you have obviously not read and understood the thread

Thank you, come again

moonship journey to baja, Saturday, 13 August 2011 20:54 (eight years ago) link

maybe you should learn a little more about musique concrete than what you're getting from a quick skim of wikipedia

the wheelie king (wk), Saturday, 13 August 2011 22:01 (eight years ago) link

well you might be interested to know that I have recently reread not one, not two, but THREE whole books about it

moonship journey to baja, Saturday, 13 August 2011 23:00 (eight years ago) link

ugh plz somebody delete my posts in this thread fucking embarrassing shit ugh

missingNO, Monday, 15 August 2011 04:44 (eight years ago) link

i read in an interview that this dude was working as a foley artists before he made it in the techno game

missingNO, Monday, 15 August 2011 04:46 (eight years ago) link

and he records shit on a minidisc cuz of the low sample rate

missingNO, Monday, 15 August 2011 04:51 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Very late to this party as is my style, but a few thoughts after an initial 5-6 spins:

> "Hubble" is amazing, and quite unlike anything else I've heard. I can't remember if I read this somewhere or dreamt it (hopefully the latter), but I want to say that Actress called it "a study of 'Erotic City'"...

> The cut-up vocal tracks make me queasy, and it's a similar queasiness to seeing an unhealthily skinny girl walking really fast.

> I wish the album had more BASS throughout it; it sounds emaciated in parts, as if it had been gutted of bass rather than just built without bass as a foundation. This probably relates to my queasiness above.

> I do understand very much why so many people call this a grower and have given it many listens trying to "get it"... It's an almost painfully drawn-in-on-itself sounding record, a decisive statement of a very esoteric aesthetic; it almost feels as if its creator is autistic. I'm not sure if there's anything to "get," though, but I'm also not sure that matters.

Clarke B., Tuesday, 27 September 2011 14:35 (eight years ago) link

Haha, I love this post, Clarke. Bit more Actress banter here: FACT's 20 albums for 2011 including the whole thing about Erotic City.

Yo wait a minute man, you better think about the world (dog latin), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 14:39 (eight years ago) link

Andy Stott's recent album Passed Me By is operating in a similar vein, but with BASS

Number None, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 14:46 (eight years ago) link

I like that Stott record; it's really solid. I think it's perhaps getting a little over-hyped in certain circles, but I enjoy it a lot. There's in immersiveness to it, however, that puts it in an entirely different ballpark than Actress for me. (Maybe that "immseriveness" is just bass!) Also, Actress's beats are sometimes skittery in a way Stott's aren't--not like drill-and-bass "wheeeee drum programming!" skittery, and not "purposefully degraded" skittery (like Burial's can feel... It's like a five-espressos skittery, as if he's playing his drum machines live (not quantized) but he can't stop shaking and twitching.

Clarke B., Tuesday, 27 September 2011 14:55 (eight years ago) link

Dunno if there's a better thread for this sort of thing, so I'll just park this post here for the moment: the new Patten album GLAQJO XAACSSO is really fucking good. Similar kind of knee-capped beats to Actress and it's also seemingly been built out of all these odd off-cut samples that he's possibly fished out of the scraps bin. Where it is different is that it feels a whole lot lusher and denser. In some places it's kind of reminiscent of Disco Inferno in that you feel like you're trying to deal with this whole rush of sonic information all at once, you need to really stretch your ears wide-open to fit all of the sounds in. Well worth hearing imo.

master musicians of jamiroquai (NickB), Monday, 3 October 2011 12:48 (eight years ago) link

plenty of good Actress this year > Lauren Halo remix, Panda Bear remix, Harrier ATTK / Gershwin, Parallel World. There is also a Honest Jons ad for an Actress meets Shangaan electro thing.

wolves lacan, Monday, 3 October 2011 13:04 (eight years ago) link

The Adultswim interview with Actress that recently got posted is worth watching--I don't think he's ever really been interview on camera before, has he?
http://video.adultswim.com/unclassified/actress-interview.html

Spectrum Spools presents: Blogosfear (Craig D.), Monday, 3 October 2011 14:03 (eight years ago) link

Yeah there's this one...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ot_u5_o5vY

It's not as good as the adult swim one though.

Looking forward to his new album, whenever that's coming out.

jimitheexploder, Monday, 3 October 2011 14:16 (eight years ago) link

i dig that patten track

hardcore oatmeal (Jordan), Monday, 3 October 2011 14:36 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

He did a remix of Kasabian. It's kinda good!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpkjL4m9oyE&

Number None, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 16:23 (seven years ago) link

Patten's album was mentioned upthread. I listened to it all the way through and thought it was pretty useless, but what did you guyses think?

Alexandre Dumbass (dog latin), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 17:08 (seven years ago) link

agreed

the late great, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 17:46 (seven years ago) link

just too left-footed for me to get down with, though i felt the same way about the entire genre of dubstep at first and now i'm a convert

the late great, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 17:47 (seven years ago) link

before i check out the Kasabian remix i need to know if there's any Kasabian in it

Nultified Ancients of Man U (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 18:00 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrxoT4u5mcc

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 23:01 (seven years ago) link

four weeks pass...

whoa, there is a new full-length?

40oz of tears (Jordan), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:30 (seven years ago) link

RIP Actress

Friends of Mr Caeiro (NickB), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:35 (seven years ago) link

Getting lots of good reviews so far btw

Friends of Mr Caeiro (NickB), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:38 (seven years ago) link

blah, not on Spotify or whatever yet

mh, Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:40 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4Wa7UN01eY

Friends of Mr Caeiro (NickB), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:44 (seven years ago) link

And it's really lovely, he's given in to his pretty side.

Jedmond, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:23 (seven years ago) link

psyched for the set tonight for unsound

life's rich pageant then you die (uptown churl), Friday, 20 April 2012 01:30 (seven years ago) link

RIP
rest in peace
fassy get the coffin
then dem get the wreath

the late great, Friday, 20 April 2012 01:34 (seven years ago) link

(no homophobe)

the late great, Friday, 20 April 2012 01:35 (seven years ago) link

excellent album

diamonddave85, Friday, 20 April 2012 03:36 (seven years ago) link

like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWO7YZ-gZqk

Dominique, Friday, 20 April 2012 17:45 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, that is good but that whole Shangaan Shake series is all about that one Theo Parrish remix imo, that thing is a killer.

Friends of Mr Caeiro (NickB), Friday, 20 April 2012 18:19 (seven years ago) link

I spent a lot of time a lil while ago unsuccessfully trying to work that electro 2 track into a set

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 20 April 2012 18:21 (seven years ago) link

the MMM is thee shangaan remix imo.

stirmonster, Friday, 20 April 2012 18:51 (seven years ago) link

i want to do a shangaan remix poll, was thinking on the way to work about whether i'd vote for theo or MMM or old apparatus or peverelist, all so dope

<3 dj rashad and spinn's too but obv it's kinda just a particularly accessible footwork track w/ a shangaan sample or two

the late great, Friday, 20 April 2012 18:59 (seven years ago) link

personally both of those actress mixes are a little too "out there" for me

the late great, Friday, 20 April 2012 19:00 (seven years ago) link

Damn, The Lord's Graffiti is one muthafucka of a tune. He is very good.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Friday, 27 April 2012 02:00 (seven years ago) link

Still digesting R.I.P personally ("Caves Of Paradise" is the standout for me so far--wobbly bassline phrase-length + phased fast hi-hats = sold), but this free John Cale remix is esp. great (more pitched-down/low-slung than anything on the new record): http://www.factmag.com/2012/04/20/download-actress-remix-of-john-cale/

Groove is in the shart (Craig D.), Friday, 27 April 2012 04:48 (seven years ago) link

i've only heard "marble plexus" so far and i loved it, looking forward to picking up the album hopefully tomorrow

the late great, Friday, 27 April 2012 05:01 (seven years ago) link

gah this album is fucking incredible

very "selected ambient works" imo

the late great, Saturday, 28 April 2012 17:44 (seven years ago) link

had this locked on repeat since i got it

"N.E.W." is so incredible

the late great, Saturday, 28 April 2012 17:47 (seven years ago) link

my favorite track on "splazsh" has always been "hubble"

you read my mind mr cunningham and made an entire album in that style

pretty sure one of the tracks on this is a remix of "crushed" from hazyville

the late great, Saturday, 28 April 2012 17:49 (seven years ago) link

gah this album is fucking incredible

very "selected ambient works" imo

― the late great, Saturday, April 28, 2012 6:44 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

had this locked on repeat since i got it

"N.E.W." is so incredible

cosign all of this. never really got into splazsh, really digging this though.

toby, Saturday, 28 April 2012 18:57 (seven years ago) link

this is really cool

never liked splazsh either

r|t|c, Sunday, 29 April 2012 00:06 (seven years ago) link

dunno abt these last 4 tracks after 'glint'

kinda feel i need to start from the beginning again to work them out

r|t|c, Sunday, 29 April 2012 00:13 (seven years ago) link

this is good

Ms Tum-Bla-Wi-Tee (nakhchivan), Sunday, 29 April 2012 12:15 (seven years ago) link

Liking this, the lord's graffiti and raven are the two that stood out on first listen.

ooooiiiioooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaoooooh un - bi - leevable! (LocalGarda), Monday, 30 April 2012 07:49 (seven years ago) link

Is this streaming anywhere?

scott pgwp (pgwp), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 04:32 (seven years ago) link

i'm alright with these last four tracks now. i don't enjoy them especially but the juxtapositions they provide lend a sense of consequence to the rest, however gnomic; ie without them this would be a too-well-contained and easily disposable nice bit of idm retro.

i like the middle section in particular, 'jardin' / 'serpent' / 'shadow from tartarus' - 'serpent' is very autechre homage to nokia 3310. in fact a fair few of the tiny insectoid music box melody tracks remind me of lp5/ep7 era ae, moreso than aphex at least.

r|t|c, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 11:02 (seven years ago) link

jardin is amazing...

ooooiiiioooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaoooooh un - bi - leevable! (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 11:18 (seven years ago) link

you guys might be interested to check out shackleton's new "music for the quiet hour".

sisilafami, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 13:49 (seven years ago) link

A new Shackleton already? Still getting a lot of mileage out of the Pinch collab. Another Honest Jon's release? Reading the response on the new Actress album I will definitely check it out, couldn't get into Splazsh..

willem, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:02 (seven years ago) link

The new Shackleton is out on his own label:

http://boomkat.com/cds/523774-shackleton-music-for-the-quiet-hour-the-drawbar-organ

btw didn't i braek ur heart (NickB), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 15:56 (seven years ago) link

i keep thinking of the word "palimpsest" in relation to this album, like what you get after coming home at 7am and all the music you've heard all night is still rattling around in a jangly smear inside your head

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 16:24 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I LOVE THIS

Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Saturday, 19 May 2012 18:06 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I just picked up R.I.P yesterday and want to add to the chorus of praise... This is immediately more engaging and satisfying to me than Splazsh--more beauty, more restraint, more detail, more melodic development. It's a lovely record that it's hard to imagine any other producer making. I think it may even be a "deeper" record than Splazsh but without the sheen of inscrutability that led so many people to keep on and keep on with it; R.I.P is more immediate without being any less complex.

Clarke B., Thursday, 7 June 2012 13:30 (seven years ago) link

timely reminder for me that this is a good rainy day album

r|t|c, Thursday, 7 June 2012 13:37 (seven years ago) link

i agree that it sounds a lot like autechre, especially the one track with the annoying birdsong sample sound and a couple others i can't recall are very much like the subtler confield-era stuff

the late great, Thursday, 7 June 2012 15:26 (seven years ago) link

I can see where that comparison comes from, but this is so much warmer and more luscious to me than Autechre.

Clarke B., Thursday, 7 June 2012 16:47 (seven years ago) link

Think I prefer Splazsh tbh - this is okay, but very similar in vibe to Oversteps-era Ae but not as involving. Might need a few more spins though.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Thursday, 7 June 2012 17:44 (seven years ago) link

This is really good - his production style certainly lends itself to moody atmospheric numbers far more than it does the more beat-driven dancefloor-based material. "Tree Of Knowledge" sounds like lurching brostep recorded to a tape deck via a microphone pressed against laptop speakers to my ears.

boxedjoy, Friday, 8 June 2012 10:06 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

R.I.P. is going to save the lives of so many cracked-out kids, you know at 4am when the drugs won't let you sleep and no music sounds right - this will be the only album they can listen to

very "selected ambient works" imo

vahid otm

hot slag (lukas), Sunday, 20 January 2013 09:33 (six years ago) link

whenever I listen to this it feels like a watered down version of madlib beat tapes, I wish I could get into it because in theory this is like my favorite shit

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 20 January 2013 18:03 (six years ago) link

which madlib beat tapes are these?

bass, Sunday, 20 January 2013 20:24 (six years ago) link

I love this record. Keep coming back to it.

Hutton dressed as Lahm (LocalGarda), Sunday, 20 January 2013 20:32 (six years ago) link

new 12" "silver cloud" is some beautiful sinister fuzzed out fucked-up mutant techno

clouds, Friday, 25 January 2013 23:51 (six years ago) link

is it as good as the la dusseldorf track of the same name

moët plaudit (Nilmar Honorato da Silva), Friday, 25 January 2013 23:56 (six years ago) link

Yeah this is great - nice to have some longer tracks from him.

toby, Saturday, 26 January 2013 06:54 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

"voodoo posse chronic illusion" is so so good

keef qua keef (Jordan), Friday, 15 February 2013 15:50 (six years ago) link

yep

a new afx album would be nice but actress is kinda supplanting the old 90s greats imo

polski smak (clouds), Friday, 15 February 2013 16:00 (six years ago) link

still unsure how I've listened to and enjoyed this dude's music for over two years but only found out a few weeks ago that he played professionally for West Brom

Julian-Joachim Roedelius (DJ Mencap), Friday, 15 February 2013 16:19 (six years ago) link

"voodoo posse chronic illusion" is so so good

― keef qua keef (Jordan), Friday, February 15, 2013 3:50 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark

absolutely addicted to this at the moment

Number None, Friday, 15 February 2013 18:11 (six years ago) link

Even more intriguingly, it’s known that Cunningham was previously a footballer due to embark on a career with West Bromwich Albion, before injury forced him to retire from the sport at the age of 19 (a “crushing decision to make,” he says). What business, our inner snob demands to know, could a one-time professional hoofer of balls have making music as obtuse, as formally brilliant as this?

had no idea about this, rmde at the pleb who wrote that anyway

every soulless meta poster is a ✰ (Nilmar Honorato da Silva), Saturday, 16 February 2013 03:03 (six years ago) link

Remixes of Legowelt: https://soundcloud.com/clone-nl/legowelt-elementz-of-houz

Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 16 February 2013 03:06 (six years ago) link

his boiler room mix is still my all time favorite dj mix

the late great, Saturday, 16 February 2013 03:29 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

whenever I listen to this it feels like a watered down version of madlib beat tapes, I wish I could get into it because in theory this is like my favorite shit

― puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 20 January 2013 18:03 (4 months ago) Permalink

rip clicked w/ me and its completely stunning, I was looking at it in the wrong light entirely

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 26 May 2013 17:44 (six years ago) link

what light are you looking at it in now?

the late great, Sunday, 26 May 2013 18:52 (six years ago) link

I actually haven't smoked in a long time!

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 26 May 2013 23:40 (six years ago) link

I can't really answer that intelligently, I guess I'm letting it be its own thing and not trying to compare it to anything else, and that has allowed my perception to the music to open itself up a little more

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 26 May 2013 23:41 (six years ago) link

I don't expect to be as spazzy as I wanted it to be originally maybe? idk

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 26 May 2013 23:42 (six years ago) link

my perception of the music, obv

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 26 May 2013 23:42 (six years ago) link

Still think it's a lot less than the sum of the ideas that people use to describe it.

Studied keyboard mash (tsrobodo), Sunday, 26 May 2013 23:49 (six years ago) link

missing no just needs to chill a lil, i don't wanna scare off ppl who know more about techno than me

― Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Tuesday, December 28, 2010 11:30 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah apols for missing your pun. keep the ad homs coming though, you'll be reposted in zing thread in no time

― missingNO, Tuesday, December 28, 2010 11:31 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 26 May 2013 23:58 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

His new album is being released in October.

http://i.imgur.com/CDtNyaQ.jpg

(this is from Clash magazine)

crowhurst, Wednesday, 2 October 2013 15:08 (six years ago) link

excellent news

the late great, Wednesday, 2 October 2013 16:00 (six years ago) link

yesssssssss

clouds, Wednesday, 2 October 2013 16:04 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Ghettoville is the bleached out and black tinted conclusion of the Actress image.

Where the demands of writing caught the artist slumped and reclined, devoid of any soul, acutely aware of the simulated prism that required breakout.

Four albums in and the notes and compositions no longer contain decipherable language.

The scripts now carry tears, the world has returned to a flattened state, and out through that window, the birds look back into the cage they once inhabited.

Spitting flames behind a white wall of silence.

The machines have turned to stone, data reads like an obituary to its user.

A fix is no longer a release, it's a brittle curse. Zero satisfaction, no teeth, pseudo artists running rampant, but the path continues.

R.I.P Music 2014.

Actress

the late great, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 03:46 (six years ago) link

LOL

the late great, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 03:46 (six years ago) link

No comment on that up there, but just came here to say:

if you like Actress, check out that Gardland "Syndrome Syndrome" album on Rvng Intl, it's dope

it's got it's own thing, but the effect sometimes reminded me of the more upfront Actress jams

the tune was space, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 05:13 (six years ago) link

sorry actress :(

CardiacsPrincesse69xxx (Matt P), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 06:02 (six years ago) link

it sucks to be young and sad, but there's a whole lot of liberating history before you.

CardiacsPrincesse69xxx (Matt P), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 06:04 (six years ago) link

LOL

paolo, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 09:47 (six years ago) link

Still excited for the new album doe

paolo, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 09:47 (six years ago) link

sad news

new saido berahino 12 on force tracks is my shit right now anyway tho

r|t|c, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 10:10 (six years ago) link

i'm still excited too but it made me LOL

the late great, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 14:15 (six years ago) link

Ghettoville is the bleached out and black tinted conclusion of the Actress image.

Where the demands of writing caught the artist slumped and reclined, devoid of any soul, acutely aware of the simulated prism that required breakout.

Four albums in and the notes and compositions no longer contain decipherable language.

The scripts now carry tears, the world has returned to a flattened state, and out through that window, the birds look back into the cage they once inhabited.

Spitting flames behind a white wall of silence.

The machines have turned to stone, data reads like an obituary to its user.

A fix is no longer a release, it's a brittle curse. Zero satisfaction, no teeth, pseudo artists running rampant, but the path continues.

R.I.P Music 2014.

Pat O'Rourke, 33, Waterford.

Legitimate space tale (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 14:24 (six years ago) link

haha

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 14:34 (six years ago) link

well played

will attempt to dig that Gardland thing out of the inbox in the meantime

too much Michu, not enough meta (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 14:40 (six years ago) link

Ghettoville is the bleached out and black tinted conclusion of the Actress image.

Where the demands of writing caught the artist slumped and reclined, devoid of any soul, acutely aware of the simulated prism that required breakout.

Four albums in and the notes and compositions no longer contain decipherable language.

The scripts now carry tears, the world has returned to a flattened state, and out through that window, the birds look back into the cage they once inhabited.

Spitting flames behind a white wall of silence.

The machines have turned to stone, data reads like an obituary to its user.

A fix is no longer a release, it's a brittle curse. Zero satisfaction, no teeth, pseudo artists running rampant, but the path continues.

R.I.P Music 2014.

Your dad sends his regards.

Love,

Mum

Legitimate space tale (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 14:51 (six years ago) link

yeah that's the one

Number None, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 14:54 (six years ago) link

A fix is no longer a release, it's a brittle curse. Zero satisfaction, no teeth, pseudo artists running rampant, but the path continues.

- bob marley

the late great, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 14:55 (six years ago) link

Ghettoville is the bleached out and black tinted conclusion of the Actress image.

Where the demands of writing caught the artist slumped and reclined, devoid of any soul, acutely aware of the simulated prism that required breakout.

Four albums in and the notes and compositions no longer contain decipherable language.

The scripts now carry tears, the world has returned to a flattened state, and out through that window, the birds look back into the cage they once inhabited.

Spitting flames behind a white wall of silence.

The machines have turned to stone, data reads like an obituary to its user.

A fix is no longer a release, it's a brittle curse. Zero satisfaction, no teeth, pseudo artists running rampant, but the path continues.

R.I.P Music 2014.

PS: There's some chicken left in the fridge if you get hungry. Don't forget to water my plants.

Actress

Legitimate space tale (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 14:56 (six years ago) link

srsly though i'm stoked for this

the late great, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 14:57 (six years ago) link

yeah I love Actress. When is it out?

Legitimate space tale (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 14:57 (six years ago) link

January 27. Check out his sweet jacket too
http://factmag-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Actress-11.5.2013jpg1.jpg

Number None, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 14:58 (six years ago) link

psyched

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 15:02 (six years ago) link

sennheiser headphones - good to see.

Legitimate space tale (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 15:06 (six years ago) link

he should probably lay off the purp.

clouds, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 15:19 (six years ago) link

nah

the late great, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 15:22 (six years ago) link

Pretty sure that's just a press photo and this is the sleeve art:

http://ninjatune.net/files/images/actress/two/5021392853192.jpg

CAROUSEL! CAROUSEL! (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 18:04 (six years ago) link

good art

the late great, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 18:08 (six years ago) link

i haven't checked ninja tune for a really long time (not since the mid-90s) but between this and machinedrum they're doing pretty good

the late great, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 18:11 (six years ago) link

and Lorn.

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 19:02 (six years ago) link

They've got King Midas Sound now, too.

CAROUSEL! CAROUSEL! (Telephone thing), Thursday, 7 November 2013 00:33 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

https://bleep.com/release/48689-actress-grey-over-blue

crowhurst, Tuesday, 17 December 2013 15:44 (five years ago) link

A lot of year-end round ups I've read have compared all sorts of artists to Actress and every time I investigate I am left disappointed. Who else actually has the same bleary, drained, warped sound?

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 17 December 2013 22:47 (five years ago) link

everything on Opal Tapes?

festival culture (Jordan), Tuesday, 17 December 2013 23:01 (five years ago) link

lee gamble somewhat

A Skanger Barkley (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 17 December 2013 23:04 (five years ago) link

patten

sisilafami, Tuesday, 17 December 2013 23:40 (five years ago) link

Actress as forerunner to the year of "abrasive, conceptual techno."

MikoMcha, Wednesday, 18 December 2013 13:07 (five years ago) link

https://soundcloud.com/ninja-tune/grey-over-blue

toby, Saturday, 21 December 2013 09:53 (five years ago) link

so this is out on the seedy places of the internet now and i couldn't help myself. absolutely great album

illegalblues, Monday, 30 December 2013 19:57 (five years ago) link

good to know, thanks for heads-up

the late great, Monday, 30 December 2013 21:18 (five years ago) link

Ghettoville or the 12"?

CAROUSEL! CAROUSEL! (Telephone thing), Monday, 30 December 2013 22:53 (five years ago) link

I'm stupidly excited for both, really- this is the first producer in ages that's made me break my "no stupidly expensive import white labels" rule.

CAROUSEL! CAROUSEL! (Telephone thing), Monday, 30 December 2013 22:54 (five years ago) link

the album is out there

Number None, Monday, 30 December 2013 22:54 (five years ago) link

ugh tired writin bad

but yes, I am repetitively, redundantly excited for this new album collection of musical song tracks

CAROUSEL! CAROUSEL! (Telephone thing), Monday, 30 December 2013 22:55 (five years ago) link

after a lot of love, there is a negative review in new mojo.

and an indication that this is the last release under this moniker ?

loving the jacket ..

mark e, Monday, 30 December 2013 22:57 (five years ago) link

it is "the bleached-out and black-tinted conclusion of the Actress image" apparently

Number None, Monday, 30 December 2013 23:00 (five years ago) link

description makes sense after listening to it. really dark album. perfect for the bitter january/feburary cold coming up. gaze is a straight up jam

illegalblues, Tuesday, 31 December 2013 00:54 (five years ago) link

a lot of this sounds like dean blunt

the late great, Tuesday, 31 December 2013 02:00 (five years ago) link

as on hazyville and splazsh i like the uptempo tracks best of all

this is maybe too lo-fi for my tastes

the late great, Tuesday, 31 December 2013 02:03 (five years ago) link

kinda taking the "silver cloud" style even further. i'll have to hear this a few more times before i can say anything about it.

clouds, Tuesday, 31 December 2013 03:57 (five years ago) link

love the album cover, i wonder if i'll ever come around on his music

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 31 December 2013 04:11 (five years ago) link

A lot of year-end round ups I've read have compared all sorts of artists to Actress and every time I investigate I am left disappointed. Who else actually has the same bleary, drained, warped sound?

― boxedjoy, Tuesday, December 17, 2013 2:47 PM (2 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

maybe the huerco s album "colonial patterns" (on software records)

Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ (brimstead), Sunday, 5 January 2014 22:25 (five years ago) link

terrence dixon's "from the far future pt. 2" is the most actress-sounding non-actress thing i've found:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67GArweOYL0

clouds, Sunday, 5 January 2014 22:48 (five years ago) link

$120+ for box set you got to be kidding me ..

the late great, Monday, 6 January 2014 04:25 (five years ago) link

It's marginally cheaper direct from Ninja Tune- their site is quoting me the equivalent of $90 including US shipping.

CAROUSEL! CAROUSEL! (Telephone thing), Monday, 6 January 2014 05:38 (five years ago) link

Really couldn't get into that Huerco S album, it was just too grey and sludgy, I think Actress does this sort of thing with more variety in tone and emotion (although I have yet to hear Ghettoville)

boxedjoy, Monday, 6 January 2014 20:54 (five years ago) link

http://www.thebeatjuice.com/read/2014/01/07/4174/actress-q-and-a/

And I certainly haven’t retired! A lot of records out there at the moment are ones that I’ve recorded, and people don’t even know.

festival culture (Jordan), Tuesday, 7 January 2014 16:16 (five years ago) link

Every Land was originally part of Paul White's forthcoming album but as the record has taken shape it just didn't fit any more (that, and the massive sample...). His new LP marks a whole new direction as he explores new wave, Krautrock, and much more. Someone said it sounds like Actress playing jazz, which is as close as anything we've come up with. There are some hints in his recent Boiler Room live show: watch it here.

http://boilerroom.tv/recording/paul-white/

cock chirea, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 04:26 (five years ago) link

Last question. On Twitter, why do you follow Farrow & Ball?

Why not? Haha. Because… Listen, my whole ambition in life is to live in a beautiful house. So, when it comes to like paints and shit… I want the best. And Farrow & Ball is pretty much the best.

paolo, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 08:59 (five years ago) link

Also the Ghettoville box xet is £50 on the Ninja Tune UK website. Might get myself involved with that

paolo, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 09:02 (five years ago) link

the box set is just ghettoville and hazyville on lp right?

Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ (brimstead), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 18:58 (five years ago) link

+ ghettoville on CD + 32 page art book

the late great, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 18:58 (five years ago) link

+ hazyville on CD and whoops it's a 40 page art book

the late great, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 18:59 (five years ago) link

guess that'd be pretty cool to have. Probably sounds awesome cranked up.

Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ (brimstead), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 18:59 (five years ago) link

vinylwise, i mean

Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ (brimstead), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 18:59 (five years ago) link

5 LPs, 2 CDs and one art book

100 bucks still sounds kind of a lot for this

the late great, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 19:00 (five years ago) link

a lot of the tracks on ghettoville seem to invite playing around with different RPMs

clouds, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 22:40 (five years ago) link

This has been bugging me all day- is that a Bee Gees sample on "IWAAD"?

CAROUSEL! CAROUSEL! (Telephone thing), Monday, 13 January 2014 03:56 (five years ago) link

From "Tragedy," maybe?

CAROUSEL! CAROUSEL! (Telephone thing), Monday, 13 January 2014 03:57 (five years ago) link

My favourite thing to do with Actress is to listen to it on headphones when I'm really really tired and just about to drop off to sleep. his best stuff warps around theta waves and opens up weird spaces in my mind, but I didn't get that from his last album at all - everything was much more surface-level.

he said, even sexilyer, (dog latin), Friday, 24 January 2014 11:40 (five years ago) link

come on man, that's a ridiculous criticism

the late great, Friday, 24 January 2014 16:02 (five years ago) link

eh what? I def thought R.I.P. had a more accessible superficial sound compared to Splaszh and this new one. It was okay, but I felt everything about it was more 'obvious', more 'defined' if you get what i mean?

he said, even sexilyer, (dog latin), Friday, 24 January 2014 16:06 (five years ago) link

"accessible" says more about the listener than the music

"superficial" is a mode of listening, not a feature of music

"obvious", again, relates more to the listener than the music itself

"defined" = not sure what you mean

the late great, Friday, 24 January 2014 16:13 (five years ago) link

uh....

he said, even sexilyer, (dog latin), Friday, 24 January 2014 16:15 (five years ago) link

wut?

he said, even sexilyer, (dog latin), Friday, 24 January 2014 16:15 (five years ago) link

I want to like Actress but I find his stuff rather boring in practice.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Saturday, 25 January 2014 13:13 (five years ago) link

First listen to Ghettoville, initial impression is what a magnificently grim and shitty record.

keiji cretins (NickB), Monday, 27 January 2014 12:43 (five years ago) link

As lovely as the crunch of broken glass in a piss-stinking stairwell.

keiji cretins (NickB), Monday, 27 January 2014 12:43 (five years ago) link

I don't think it's that grim (compared to his other stuff anyway)

paolo, Monday, 27 January 2014 16:41 (five years ago) link

i am not yet impressed by this

the late great, Monday, 27 January 2014 18:56 (five years ago) link

never found his stuff to be very immediate so am hoping ghettoville is as good as RIP (which sometimes i am still not sure about either, but there are moments on there that are some of my favourite things of the last few years) which took me a long time to figure out what was actually *there* in that thing

StillAdvance, Monday, 27 January 2014 19:17 (five years ago) link

Really love teh newie on 1 x listen, some really wow moments.

ineloquentwow (Craigo Boingo), Monday, 27 January 2014 19:18 (five years ago) link

RIP works much better for me as a full album rather than track-by-track. Will definitely check this out.

Spaghetti Sauce Shampoo (Moodles), Monday, 27 January 2014 19:18 (five years ago) link

5 LPs, 2 CDs and one art book

100 bucks still sounds kind of a lot for this

― the late great, Wednesday, January 8, 2014 2:00 PM (2 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

seriously?

flopson, Monday, 27 January 2014 19:25 (five years ago) link

srs

the late great, Monday, 27 January 2014 20:15 (five years ago) link

actually ... you know what, it IS 180g vinyl

the late great, Monday, 27 January 2014 20:20 (five years ago) link

i guess for 180g vinyl it's about right

the late great, Monday, 27 January 2014 20:24 (five years ago) link

5 lps sold individually would cost about 100$

flopson, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 03:12 (five years ago) link

weird album

the late great, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 05:16 (five years ago) link

takes a while to warm up

the late great, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 17:27 (five years ago) link

I'm listening now (only as far as contagious) and his ability to create *sounds* is better than almost everyone else in electronic music. Every single noise on this is so textured and interesting. What he does with those sounds is less interesting to me, sadly.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:03 (five years ago) link

the beginning is quite clunky

the late great, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:29 (five years ago) link

In fairness I've had the same reaction to all his albums. At the bit where it picks up now and enjoying it more.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:31 (five years ago) link

cliche of the day: the last track is like the shaft of sunlight at the end of blade runner

the late great, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:43 (five years ago) link

more cliche would be if it has that embers burning/crackling sound all through it (still not heard this album)

StillAdvance, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:12 (five years ago) link

warming up to it!

the late great, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 06:27 (five years ago) link

i really like the bell tones in the first track, best bell tones since maphive 6.1

the late great, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 06:59 (five years ago) link

love how they sound against the bass synth that comes in around 4 minutes

the late great, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 07:03 (five years ago) link

i agree with matt dc, this album is really about the sounds.

the second track sounds like a lonely tugboat lost on a foggy, heaving sea.

the late great, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 07:09 (five years ago) link

it's so appropriate that it's on ninja tune. so trip hop.

the late great, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 07:14 (five years ago) link

struggled with this yesterday, second time around was much better. Rap is the standout for me, anyone recognise the sample?

cheeseburger, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:42 (five years ago) link

gonna guess it's 'wrap yourself around me' by david grant

r|t|c, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 12:23 (five years ago) link

http://www.juno.co.uk/MP3/SF459907-01-01-03.mp3

yeah

r|t|c, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 12:24 (five years ago) link

n1

cheeseburger, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:37 (five years ago) link

i agree with paolo. a lot of this album actually *isn't* that dark - it's the sound of a dude playing around with beats and funny noises.

the late great, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:42 (five years ago) link

i don't think i'm ever going to "get" this dude's music. nothing happens! what are you supposed to DO to it.

lex pretend, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 12:15 (five years ago) link

listen

sisilafami, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 12:17 (five years ago) link

xpost, as I mentioned upthread, I found the best time to appreciate Actress is when I'm in a slumber state.

doglato dozzy (dog latin), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 12:35 (five years ago) link

yeah. it's music for cold winter nights. hypnotic, eerie, menacing, a little seedy.

actress sounds great in the middle of a playlist of artists working in a similar vein, e.g., burial; shackleton and appleblim (skull disco); various prod.; the livity sound roster of artists; the bug.

Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 13:21 (five years ago) link

shackleton got some vibey feelings on some of the records dunno about the others

cog, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 13:32 (five years ago) link

Kind of like that RA went out on a limb and gave this 2.5.

I feel asleep listening to it on a bus a few weeks, and still haven't consciously made my whole way through it. I found it a bit of a trial, but did not dislike what I heard.

Actress live, on the other hand, was one of the best shows I've seen in recent years.

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 13:49 (five years ago) link

A few weeks back, that is... although that bus trip did seem to last forever!

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 13:51 (five years ago) link

actress sounds great in the middle of a playlist of artists working in a similar vein, e.g., burial; shackleton and appleblim (skull disco); various prod.; the livity sound roster of artists; the bug.

Yes - it lends itself well to mixes etc where you want to find a good segue between two ends of a spectrum.

doglato dozzy (dog latin), Tuesday, 11 February 2014 14:42 (five years ago) link

the first track on this goes on a while without doing much but I find it strangely compelling

might be its resemblance to the Chrono Trigger 2300 AD world map theme triggering subliminal positive associations

a chance to cross is a chance to score (anonanon), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 23:05 (five years ago) link

i had that same thought! that echoing bell.

clouds, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 23:56 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

he mentioned that he's released music without the actress handle and it appears that stuff is out under the name levantis. should definitely check out the 12" that's out. great stuff. just like ghettoville but more beat oriented. he mentioned in some other interview that there was an earlier version of ghettoville that was a lot more techno influenced and it seems like some of those tracks could be these.

illegalblues, Friday, 28 February 2014 18:34 (five years ago) link

love this tune

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illegalblues, Friday, 28 February 2014 18:36 (five years ago) link

ahhh how the hell you edit a post, now i look like a grandma

illegalblues, Friday, 28 February 2014 18:38 (five years ago) link

I love how interactive ghettoville is, it practically begs you to fuck with the bpms. Also the shitty packaging ensures each person's copy will have a signature of minor damage.

brimstead, Friday, 28 February 2014 19:00 (five years ago) link

i picked it up on vinyl and i swear most of the songs sound like they were originally conceived for 45' tempo

illegalblues, Friday, 28 February 2014 20:00 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

https://ninjatune.net/release/actress/xoul-ep

brimstead, Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:15 (five years ago) link

Out of stock already :/

paolo, Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:48 (five years ago) link

nine months pass...

dj kicks is a ***** masterpiece

the late great, Wednesday, 13 May 2015 05:11 (four years ago) link

How well does it flow? Heard some of the transitions were a bit on the jarring side.

millmeister, Wednesday, 13 May 2015 10:11 (four years ago) link

Given that 'Pen Expers' is on there I can't see how it could be anything but.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:46 (four years ago) link

smitten with this. outside of spotify irregularly making a hash of track transitions it flows v well

ogmor, Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:48 (four years ago) link

pen expers arriving is amazing, just listen to it ffs

ogmor, Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:49 (four years ago) link

can't wait to hear this.

p:s nerds know (dog latin), Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:58 (four years ago) link

After a quick listen this morning, there's not a lot of mixing going on, the transitions are quick but mainly OK. Obviously, it's mainly about the selection of tracks.

MikoMcha, Wednesday, 13 May 2015 12:28 (four years ago) link

(I am quite a fan of jarring transitions btw)

Matt DC, Wednesday, 13 May 2015 13:06 (four years ago) link

pen expers arriving is amazing

It really is! The mix itself is great throughout but sort of... shapeless? Just when you think it's going somewhere it decides to wander off and see what's in another direction entirely.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:29 (four years ago) link

i only felt it was jarring the first couple of times i listened through, when i was listening for beat matching and finding none. after a few listens it really opened up for me. i feel like he is really pushing the envelope as far as matching up moods and vibes in tracks. almost every mix makes perfect sense to me now, and i'm amazed at the connections he makes between tracks.

the late great, Thursday, 14 May 2015 08:10 (four years ago) link

that's what he's best at though, is my thought on him - finding diagonal connections in music, that is.

p:s nerds know (dog latin), Thursday, 14 May 2015 09:25 (four years ago) link

Yeah it does feel like a consistent progression in terms of mood, if not in momentum.

Matt DC, Thursday, 14 May 2015 09:29 (four years ago) link

this is very fine work

nakhchivan, Saturday, 16 May 2015 10:17 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

thread title has put me off listening to actress until now.... but i really like this!

i don't think it's shapeless at all! most mixes i will stick on and zone out which is often exactly what i want. but the way this mix evolves suddenly and kinda strangely really keeps my attention focussed. i've found it great for running to.

tpp, Tuesday, 4 August 2015 19:35 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

dude's music is just as enervating and like listening to paint dry when he calls himself levantis as when he calls himself actress

lex pretend, Monday, 16 November 2015 17:57 (four years ago) link

did you just fart?

brimstead, Monday, 16 November 2015 21:53 (four years ago) link

one of the worst all time thread titles

J0rdan S., Monday, 16 November 2015 21:57 (four years ago) link

Actress is a totally amazing recording moniker though.

Whoremonger (jed_), Monday, 16 November 2015 21:59 (four years ago) link

how should actress make his music less enervating? throw some donks on it?

brimstead, Monday, 16 November 2015 22:06 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Actress is opening for Animal Collective on the current leg of their U.S. tour, stoked to see them both soon

flappy bird, Thursday, 3 November 2016 02:47 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg1Pw0y-x8Q

the late great, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 04:03 (two years ago) link

"Look, I don't care, you've got to be in the video."

0 / 0 (lukas), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 05:14 (two years ago) link

i knew their "retirement" wasn't gonna last

clouds, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:42 (two years ago) link

So is it pretty much confirmed that those one-off cassingles on Ninja Tune lately have been Actress? THAT KNIGHTSBRIDGE OG, DIAL 666 8100, and BANK OF ENGLAND?

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Saturday, 18 March 2017 01:21 (two years ago) link

say what?

the late great, Saturday, 18 March 2017 02:21 (two years ago) link

Yeah, there's been a series of single-track cassette releases on Ninja Tune over the last couple weeks that have had people playing Spot the Anonymous Producer. The all-caps phrases are the artist names they were released under; the tracks are, respectively, "ZENO'S PARADOX," "UBER SPLIFF TO GATWICK" and "CHAOS RAIN"

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Saturday, 18 March 2017 16:17 (two years ago) link

haha sounds dope

the late great, Saturday, 18 March 2017 18:24 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wTUQXiLV-Q

the late great, Wednesday, 5 April 2017 04:59 (two years ago) link

must admit i prefer the first single

the late great, Wednesday, 5 April 2017 05:08 (two years ago) link

X22RME video has very brief shot of Crystal Palace park (the Bowl). So yay for that and I will likely buy your record.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 5 April 2017 09:49 (two years ago) link

dj kicks is a ***** masterpiece

― the late great, Tuesday, May 12, 2015 10:11 PM (one year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

late great OTM

the late great, Friday, 7 April 2017 02:39 (two years ago) link

This new single made me feel sick

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 7 April 2017 02:47 (two years ago) link

how so

the late great, Friday, 7 April 2017 03:15 (two years ago) link

i preferred the first single

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 7 April 2017 06:08 (two years ago) link

album out today

clouds, Friday, 14 April 2017 13:36 (two years ago) link

"RUNNER" is so good

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 14 April 2017 20:10 (two years ago) link

This may be my favourite yet. As expected, I quite like his pseudo-remix of Fauré's Requiem.

pomenitul, Friday, 14 April 2017 20:21 (two years ago) link

Disappointed by this. I dunno, it sounds like a Clark album or something. Ok background music when it's on, but can't remember much about it after.

Position Position, Friday, 14 April 2017 23:26 (two years ago) link

"RUNNER" is so good

Yep

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Saturday, 15 April 2017 13:12 (two years ago) link

i like the new record a lot

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 17 April 2017 15:36 (two years ago) link

i still haven't heard it! my record store didn't get in their copies on friday. going to have to wait a few more days ...

the late great, Monday, 17 April 2017 16:35 (two years ago) link

I think it is his best album yet.

calzino, Monday, 17 April 2017 16:39 (two years ago) link

mystery solved

https://www.residentadvisor.net/reviews/20825

the late great, Monday, 17 April 2017 17:19 (two years ago) link

This is fantastic, and probably his most accessible album yet. Either this or Splazsh is his best for me

paolo, Monday, 17 April 2017 19:42 (two years ago) link

this guy's music makes me fall asleep and have weird dreams. every. single. time.

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 08:36 (two years ago) link

I like this album a lot but it might be more fair to call it a beat tape

the late great, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:58 (two years ago) link

His entire footballing career could have been one slow slide down the pyramid from West Brom and it would still have been more exciting than his music.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:09 (two years ago) link

or your posting

the late great, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:33 (two years ago) link

fuck excitement

a but (brimstead), Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:19 (two years ago) link

liking this a lot more than ghettoville so far

clouds, Thursday, 20 April 2017 14:50 (two years ago) link

I like it a lot and think it does justice to the "r&b concrète" Nakh description in thread title.

calzino, Thursday, 20 April 2017 14:55 (two years ago) link

I cant even remember what Sweet Exorcist sounded like, but a lot of this is vibing listening to them on a tape walkman in the early 90's.

calzino, Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:07 (two years ago) link

One of my favourite Actress collabs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1KLmphseFs

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 21 April 2017 23:12 (two years ago) link

New album is pretty great I think.

This might be a bit of a shot in the dark, but if any Glasgow posters were thinking of going to see him at the Art School this coming Saturday, I have a ticket but can't make it, so post here or Ilxmail me if you want it.

off-site man days (Mr Andy M), Sunday, 30 April 2017 22:07 (two years ago) link

You would get the bonus prize of hanging out with ilxor paolo for the evening.

Event details here for anyone interested:
https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?946991

off-site man days (Mr Andy M), Sunday, 30 April 2017 22:09 (two years ago) link

HIYA! my email is scottjamesramage at googlemail dot com

boxedjoy, Monday, 1 May 2017 01:32 (two years ago) link

Just sent you an email :)

paolo, Monday, 1 May 2017 09:29 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Why is "senorita" from his 1st album only 2 minutes, should have been 10 minutes or something, arrgh. Some other tracks too.

Bregoni, Friday, 23 June 2017 09:20 (two years ago) link

I was disappointed by his new AZD I must say, too straight forward. But I saw it on the record store yesterday day and almost bought it.

Bregoni, Friday, 23 June 2017 09:23 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

His latest album is beautiful and I cant stop listening to it and not enough people are talking about it

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 16:09 (two years ago) link

AZD?

the late great, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 21:10 (two years ago) link

I agree, I'm a big fan of Actress generally but it took me a long time to listen to this for whatever reason. I think there's something that happens in all popular music but seems amplified in electronic/techno, where the novelty of a new sound or approach wears of very quickly. So AZD is a perfectly elegant and beautiful expression, but it doesn't have that shock of the new. It's definitely been overlooked/underheard.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 21:18 (two years ago) link

I'm not well versed in Actress but definitely found AZD approachable while still esoteric, so A+ here

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:41 (two years ago) link

AZD has been growing on me. Hearing it the car has helped me appreciate its innate strangeness a lot more.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 15:00 (two years ago) link

there is an early Warp feel to this in places that reminds me of listening to Sweet Exorcist when I was a kid. I can understand it not getting universal love, but I have a lot of time for Actress's thing.

calzino, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 15:43 (two years ago) link

It's been growing on me as well, since I wrote here earlier. Guess I had to listen to it in one long stretch, not the detailed listen, to appreciate it.

Bregoni, Friday, 18 August 2017 08:02 (two years ago) link

nine months pass...

Texture has always been one of the primary concerns of Actress (aka Darren Cunningham), his music melding peculiar samples with decayed dancefloor sounds to create abstract, R&B concrète

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/actress-london-contemporary-orchestra

ogmor, Thursday, 7 June 2018 19:41 (one year ago) link

tried this album a few times.
didn't really do much for me.
but its possible I was not in the right place for it.

mark e, Thursday, 7 June 2018 19:44 (one year ago) link

that levantis "romantic psychology" record is flipin spiffy. a cold damp cave / ceremonial robes

massaman gai, Thursday, 7 June 2018 19:48 (one year ago) link

ahh .. i should clarify, I meant the actress vs LCO album that's due out soon.

mark e, Thursday, 7 June 2018 19:55 (one year ago) link

it's not so different from the new oneohtrix, but still has that more subdued/poised, soupy actress quality that I find makes it very listenable

ogmor, Thursday, 7 June 2018 20:21 (one year ago) link

ah man i LOVED the vs LCO single, looking forward to the album

brimstead, Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:26 (one year ago) link

wasn't really feeling AZD apart from "blue window", for some reason!

brimstead, Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:27 (one year ago) link

in the realm of 21st c. electronica even 'texture' doesn't seem adequate enough to describe the vibes actress is involved in.. it's more like "physicality" and "sensation".. really hard, high level lysergic interactions with textures and stuff.. idk ymmv

brimstead, Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:55 (one year ago) link

Someone ordered a London Contemporary Orchestra

paolo, Friday, 8 June 2018 14:02 (one year ago) link

Possibly while high

paolo, Friday, 8 June 2018 14:02 (one year ago) link

'Faure in Chrome' from AZD does a better job of incorporating orchestral textures than most of LAGEOS, I'm afraid.

pomenitul, Friday, 8 June 2018 14:09 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

revisiting splazsh today, jesus christ "hubble"

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 April 2019 13:14 (seven months ago) link

jesus christ the whole record really, i definitely loved it at the time but it's even better than i remembered, broken and perverse but also pretty straightforwardly funky and danceable, fractured techno swaddled in vast atmospheres + disintegrated vocal samples, and then at the end it gets kinda ugly and violent! love it

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:03 (seven months ago) link

Actress rules. I'll never not look forward to new material by him.

pomenitul, Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:06 (seven months ago) link

def one of the best artists of the decade

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:09 (seven months ago) link

Absolutely, total hero

brimstead, Thursday, 11 April 2019 22:50 (seven months ago) link

yeah agree

Dan S, Thursday, 11 April 2019 23:02 (seven months ago) link

i was disappointed by r.i.p at the time, idk, maybe bc of the absence of vocals and it being less apparently danceable, it felt like a collection of inwardly-turned idm fragments to me. i am discovering, to my regret, that this was an extremely surface-level reading!!! "raven" and "shadow from tartarus" and "caves of paradise" are amazing and i don't even know what "jardin" is

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 13 April 2019 01:40 (seven months ago) link

I like the description of it as "a twilight interzone between rest and wakefulness"

Dan S, Saturday, 13 April 2019 01:51 (seven months ago) link

(from the Wire end of year 2012)

Dan S, Saturday, 13 April 2019 01:53 (seven months ago) link

feels in retrospect like R.I.P was a peak along with Splazsh

Dan S, Saturday, 13 April 2019 02:08 (seven months ago) link

although Hazyville, Ghettoville, and AZD were all pretty much equally amazing

Dan S, Saturday, 13 April 2019 02:09 (seven months ago) link

R.I.P. and Ghettoville are both amazing

brimstead, Saturday, 13 April 2019 03:12 (seven months ago) link

splazsh and ghettoville are my favorites

the late great, Saturday, 13 April 2019 03:22 (seven months ago) link

also he is an amazing DJ

the late great, Saturday, 13 April 2019 03:22 (seven months ago) link

This could either be something special or a complete mess:

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/131511-actress-x-stockhausen-sin-x-ii-2019

Zeuhl Idol (Matt #2), Saturday, 13 April 2019 08:39 (seven months ago) link

ghettoville is my favorite, absolutely scraped out

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 14 April 2019 13:54 (seven months ago) link

feel like i could put any track from it on a mix with early godflesh and no one would blink

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 14 April 2019 13:56 (seven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo0BniC5oco

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 14 April 2019 15:04 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

New LP, Karma and Desire, coming out in October.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 13:31 (six months ago) link

... combining titles of two of my favorite records by artists named "Pharoah(e)"!

The depressed somebody from the popular David Bowie song, (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 18:49 (five months ago) link

five months pass...

His new album was supposed to come out last month. I wonder what happened.

pomenitul, Thursday, 14 November 2019 13:51 (one week ago) link


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