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Actress – Dancing In The Smoke

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After teasing his new track ‘X22RME‘ two weeks ago, Actress is back with another dark, grinder of a single.

‘Dancing in the Smoke’ sounds as Actress sees music, as bits of data, and the hypnotic loop and accelerating orchestral keys allude to our electronic ‘future,’ a vocal that punctuates throughout the track.

Actress’s album seems to be pairing well with today’s gloomy times.

The album aptly titled AZD launches later this month. Snag both tracks on the Ninja Shop.

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Minor Science – Naturally Spineless

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Minor Science AKA Angus Finlayson (image via whities)

Minor Science is British producer Angus Finlayson based in Berlin, following in the footsteps of other techno music expats like Youandewan. He recently dropped his third EP entitled Whities 004, named after the London-based Whities imprint which released his previous record

‘Naturally Spineless’ is a dark, grimy listen full of deep bass that briefly glitters around the 3:30 mark to shed some light. The vibe stays true to his production alias. As he explained in an interview with Truants, “a ‘minor’ science works upwards from the particularities of the things themselves.” 

Stream it below and download it here.

If you like this, you’ll also enjoy listening to CO/R ‘Bells, Walking’ with Joy Orbison.

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Alix Perez – Had I Known

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Alix Perez AKA Alix Depauw

Alix Perez is considered one of drum & bass’s best producers. He gained recognition for the classic “Solitary Native” collaboration with Sabre in 2006, before getting signed to Shogun Audio to release his first record 1984 in 2009. Listen to the gorgeous cut ‘Forsaken’ with Peven Everett and Spectrasoul.

Now he’s back with his newest release, the Elephant Dreams EP, this time on his own 1985 imprint. In an interview with i-D, he said that the record represents the synthesis of his experiments with “the softer side of music and also the heavier, dark side of things.” My favorite track ‘Had I Known’ above is one of the warmer cuts on the EP but his tracks “Room 667’ and ‘Elephant Dreams’ are crude, dark bass delights.

Download the Elephant Dreams EP

 

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Techno is about world building.

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As an actress you go in and learn a part, someone’s written a script for you, you learn the part and add different facets to it, you add your character to the role … A lot of that is me rearranging stuff or bending it into what comes out of me. So it is playing a role … again, going back to Detroit techno, I might add a Kevin Saunderson signature, add a bit of Juan Atkins’s signatures here and there, but it has to have my character.

Actress, aka Darren Cunningham

In preparation for his forthcoming and last album Ghettoville, here are my two favorite Actress tracks to date.  

  1. Caves of Paradise
  2. The Lord’s Graffiti

“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.”

Art is never done. He’ll just be back in a new alter-ego.

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Chris Welsby
Chris Welsby