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Actress announces new album ‘AZD’

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There are people who thought Actress aka Darren Cunningham, had retired. They were a bit premature. He’s just announced a new album coming on Ninja Tune on 14th April and a new music system called “AZD” (pronounced “Azid”).

For the 12 track LP, Cunningham recalls “I did fifty versions of the same tune. Different parts were on tape, CD, different old computers and USB sticks, so it was quite intimidating to revisit and complete. The track was in the end built out of 3 hours of different passages”.

The lead track ‘X22RME’ (which you can hear above) is a key note example of the influence the Black artists James Hampton and Rammellzee had on the creation of the album – men who who created art through “Sourcing castaway materials from their environment and reinterpreting them into absolute majesty given from the fourth dimension”.

As if the record itself isn’t enough, Cunningham is currently preparing a new live show, to be debuted at Convergence, Village Underground on March 24th. 

pre-order from here https://actress.lnk.to/azd

1. NIMBUS
2. UNTITLED 7
3. FANTASYNTH
4. BLUE WINDOW
5. CYN
6. X22RME
7. RUNNER
8. FALLING RIZLAS
9. DANCING IN THE SMOKE
10. FAURE IN CHROME
11. THERE’S AN ANGEL IN THE SHOWER
12. VISA

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