Actress Announces New Album
Actress, the project of Darren Cunningham will release their new album LXXXVIII, on November 3rd via Ninja Tune. It’s described as Actress’ first voyage into luxury sonics. A lifetime in the making, the is the culmination of 25 years’ honing mind-shorting, soul-igniting audio infusions for dance floors, rave dens, festivals, and concert halls.
LXXXVIII includes the recent avant-garde-influenced single “Push Power ( a 1 )”, a track which laid the groundwork for the coming album, acting as the first move in an intricate chess game. With each thoughtful move the game grows and develops over time – something we can hear reflected in the textured and delicate layers of the track. “( a 1 ) – The first move” comments Cunningham. Today he shares “Game Over ( e 1 )”, a new single from the album which signals the final, closing move.
For not only does chess reflect the precise physicality of the artist’s material interactions in his studio, it also illustrates the intricate and tactical, internal and aesthetic battles which brokered ‘LXXXVIII’’’s creation. Recently Darren challenged people to play a bullet round of chess against him online, which then led the opponent to a site that hosted a trailer of the forthcoming album.
Having first premiered ‘LXXXVIII’s lead single “Push Power ( a 1 )” on the IICON stage at this year’s Glastonbury festival, where he played straight after Four Tet, the album release also arrives off the back of a recent live performance at Field Day in London, one of his largest live shows this year in which he showcased ‘Grey Interiors’ – an A/V project in collaboration with experimental creative studio Actual Objects who’ve worked with the likes of ShyGirl, Kali Uchis, LSDXOXO and have presented work at Coachella and 180 The Strand’s Futureshock exhibition.
Additionally, Actress was just announced as the official support for James Blake’s upcoming UK/EU tour, which includes Alexandra Palace in London (on 28th Sept), L’Olympia in Paris, Fabrique in Milan, UFO Im Velodrom in Berlin, and Forest National Club in Brussels, and is playing alongside Autechre in Australia across selected dates later this year.
1. Push Power ( a 1 )
2. Hit That Spdiff ( b 8 )
3. Azd Rain ( g 1 )
4. Memory Haze ( c 1 )
5. Game Over ( e 1 )
6. Typewriter World ( c 8 )
7. Its me ( g 8 )
8. Chill ( h 2 )
9. Green Blue Amnesia Magic Haze ( d 7 )
10. Oway ( f 7 )
11. M2 ( f 8 )
12. Azifiziks ( d 8 )
13. Pluto ( a 2 )
Actress 2023 Tour Dates
Fri Sept 15 — Live @ WOS Festival — Cornua, ES
Sat Sept 16 — DJ @ Berlin Atonal 2023 — Berlin, DE
Mon Sept 18 — DJ @ Fabrique — Milan, IT (*)
Weds Sept 20 — DJ @ L’Olympia — Paris, FR (*)
Thurs Sept 21 — DJ @ Forest National Club — Brussels, BR (*)
Fri Sept 22 — DJ @ L’Olympia — Paris, FR (*)
Sun Sept 24 — DJ @ UFO Im Velodrom — Berlin, DE (*)
Tues Sept 25 — DJ @ 013 — Tilburg, NL (*)
Thurs Sept 28 — DJ @ Alexandra Palace — London, UK (*)
Fri Sept 29 — DJ @ Stererocks — Bilbao, ES
Fri Oct 06 — DJ @ Bassiani — Tbilisi, GE
Mon Oct 09 — DJ @ CircoLoco Ibiza (Closing Party), DC10 — Ibiza, ES
Sat Oct 21 — DJ @ AccideStrange Brew — Bristol, UK
Sat Dec 03 — DJ @ Panorama Bar (Berghain) — Berlin, DE
Thurs Dec 07 — Live @ Studio 9294 — London, UK
*James Blake support
Pre-order LXXXVIII by Actress HERE
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