Despite the inevitable January gloom, the post-Christmas dearth of releases, and the pitifully sketchy but manically hyped acts doing the rounds on out-of-touch media outlets buzz lists, there is cause for some genuine excitement on the horizon. Darren Cunningham aka Actress is preparing to release his next record under the pseudonym. Titled Ghettoville, (seemingly the series follow up to Hazyille) and due for release on Ninja Tune come the 27th of this month, its accompanying abstract infers that this may be his final offering in the Actress guise:

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.

Judged by the tone of this and the general ascendancy of ambition in Cunninghams work, we expect another opus of raw, malfunctioning electronics and fractured, dystopian techno.

Pre-orders for MP3, WAV, CD, a 3xLP set and a deluxe boxset including Black Elephant-skinned Boxset, Ghettoville (3LP + CD), Hazyville (White Vinyl 2LP + CD – exclusive to boxset), and a 40-page Artbook are available now at the Ninja Tune website:


And for our verdict on Cunningham’s last effort, RIP, check our archive here