Actress: Ghettoville (Werkdiscs) - album review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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While many artists tend to spend their careers beefing up their sound, Darren Cunningham takes the opposite approach. As Actress, the London-based producer's musicif you can even call it thatis an exquisite lesson in sonic deconstructionism, a gnarl of electronic dis-effects that rub raw against the eardrums like a saw-toothed pumice stone. Ghettoville, the follow-up to 2012's much-acclaimed R.I.P, is no exception. In fact, if anything, it's down-scaled even further.

But, as is Cunningham's skill, less turns out to be more. Where R.I.P was the uncoiling of a hissing techno serpent, Ghettoville is the slow creak of industrialisation, wheezing to piston beats and asthmatic electronics. At times, cuts such as "Birdcage" and "Skyline" are so numb and dissolved it's like being fed acid house grooves through a distant neighbour's bassbin. Yet that's the pull. Actress brings about sounds from a fresh, fascinating, fucked up perspective. What more does anyone want? (

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