WHO: UK producer Darren J. Cunningham
STYLE: Abstract techno, dubstep, micro-house,
LATEST: (Ninja Tune)
LABELS: Ninja Tune, Werk Discs, Honest Jon´s
MUTEKs: Montreal 2010, Barcelona 2011, Mexico 2013
Straight out of the Midlands is where you find the groundbreaking sound of Darren Cunningham aka Actress, whose musical thumbprint shaped the inspirations of many of his fellow british producers. With his relentless borders-crossing between genres and influences - drawing from concrete music as well as abstract techno -, Cunningham’s productions aren’t made for novice audiences. The tension expressed in Actress’s work never gets completely rolled or lashed out, which makes it that much more interesting, sensual and mystical.
Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] 05/06/2010
Actress's dubstep aesthetics mingle with rave breaks and micro-house attitude to conjure up a gleefully indefinable journey through one of the more tangential side roads veering off from today’s electronic music. The artist is certainly no stranger to challenging conventions. As label manager for London-based label Werk Discs, he’s played a pivotal part in bringing to light critically acclaimed albums by Zomby and Lukid. Actress’ own debut album, the tragically under-rated “Hazyville”, is equally bold and engaging, but apart from three more singles across a seven-year stretch, including this year’s “Paint, Straw, and Bubbles” on the mighty Honest Jon’s label, Actress has most flown under the radar. This year, MUTEK is betting his Montreal performance will change all that, and bring Actress’s abundant talents to the wider audiences his music so obviously deserves.