Darren Jordan Cunningham aka Actress is one of the most unpredictable and unclassifiable musicians of the contemporary electronic scene.
Throughout his four full lenghts “Hazyville”, “Splazsh”, “R.I.P.” and “Ghettoville” the Wolverhampton producer seems to have specialised in the art of using popular stylistic references to create a pensive and introverted experience. The talent scouting skills displayed through the activity for his label Werk Discs (which promoted artists such as Zomby and Lukid) adds to the 2015 mix album for the prestigious DJ Kicks series. His dj sets, that already accompanied names such as Atoms For Peace, Juan Atkins, Underground Resistance, Modeselektor, Kode 9 and Flying Lotus, vary according to the mood of the night and explore afro-futuristic sounds from different points of view.
In 2017 he is back with “AZD” (pronounced azid), the new record for Ninja Tune. AZD balances club music and conceptual research and takes inspiration from the artist Rammellzee’s Gothic futurism and the street noise of the Metropolis. Actress thus builds an autonomous language that drives the listener to a parallel world of chromed surfaces.