The London-based artist's first two albums as Actress, 2008's Hazyville and 2010's Splazsh, sounded like mid-1980s house and techno collaged together and played on a radio from under the freeway. Half of his newest, . doesn't even have beats. The innovation on . Like all good contrasts, it's simple and eureka-like: By bringing the acidic sounds to the surface and keeping the air-conditioner hum somewhere in the depths, Cunningham takes the monolithic sound of his earlier productions and breaks them into layers- compared to Splazsh, it's practically prismatic
Splazsh is the second studio album by British electronic musician Actress. It was released on 8 June 2010 by Honest Jon's Records. Splazsh was ranked on numerous music critics' and publications' end-of-year albums lists, topping The Wire's "2010 Rewind", as well as being in the top five of Fact, Los Angeles Times critic Jeff Weiss and Resident Advisor
Actress isn't your regular techno producer, if you can call him that at all. The founder of Werk Discs has flitted between electro, hip-hop, house and techno over the past eight years, finding something close to a home in the smoke-filled recesses of some lost Underground Resistance bunker. It's a tactile process that results in an album that feels like it's being improvised live, separate even from previous Actress work which could still feel quantized despite its short-circuiting wires and digitized shrieks. The album's midsection drops out into its most challenging run of tracks. Jardin" is an exploratory crawl through a completely foreign sound library. Drums sputter and splatter in attempt to map out some kind of pattern before falling back into the wet earth beneath with a plod.
I arrive here because the record is held together, before one even listens to it, by titles evocative of an esoteric garden of Eden locked in a circuit with heaven and hell, doubly exposed, both lost Christian Utopia, and mythological, Ballardian hallucination: jardin, caves. of paradise, marble plexus, uriel’s black harp, shadow from Tartarus, tree of knowledge. Darren Cunningham’s world on .
Marble Plexus, 04:42. Uriel's Black Harp, 02:27.
|A5||Uriel's Black Harp||2:27|
|B3||Shadow From Tartarus||5:26|
|C1||Tree Of Knowledge||4:09|
|C4||Caves Of Paradise||4:15|
|D1||The Lord's Graffiti||3:04|
- Lacquer Cut At – Dubplates & Mastering
- Mastered By – CGB*
NotesIssued in a embossed cover.
Track durations and BPM are not provided on the record.
A1: 124 | A2: 125 | A3: 126 | A4: 130 | A5: 128
B1: 123 | B2: 120 | B3: 126
C1: 61 | C2: 120 | C3: 130 | C4: 120
D1: 124 | D2: 125 | D3: 128
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (Scanned): 4047179644815
- Matrix / Runout (Side A): HJRLP 60 A CGB @ D&M
- Matrix / Runout (Side B): HJRLP 60 B CGB @ D&M
- Matrix / Runout (Side C): HJRLP 60 C CGB @ D&M
- Matrix / Runout (Side D): HJRLP 60 D CGB @ D&M
|HJRCD60||Actress||R.I.P (15xFile, FLAC, Album)||Honest Jon's Records||HJRCD60||UK||2012|
|none||Actress||R.I.P (15xFile, MP3, Album, 320)||Honest Jon's Records||none||UK||2012|
|HJRCD60||Actress||R.I.P (CD, Album)||Honest Jon's Records||HJRCD60||UK||2012|
|50999 9 36325 2 7||Actress||R.I.P. (CD, Album)||Honest Jon's Records||50999 9 36325 2 7||US||2012|