Editors’ Notes English producer Actress has always struck a brilliant balance between body and head, offering high-concept deconstructions of techno idioms without forgetting important stuff like the beat. His fifth album—a semi-surprise after having announced his retirement—goes further down his hazy, retro-futuristic rabbit hole, offering left-field takes on garage (“DANCING IN THE SMOKE”), electro (“RUNNER”), and straight-up house (“THERE’S AN ANGEL IN THE SHOWER,” “X22RME”). It respects conventions while stretching them to their limits.

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NIMBUS
1
0:54
 
UNTITLED 7
2
5:13
 
FANTASYNTH
3
5:02
 
BLUE WINDOW
4
3:42
 
CYN
5
3:18
 
X22RME
6
5:04
 
RUNNER
7
5:12
 
FALLING RIZLAS
8
2:25
 
DANCING IN THE SMOKE
9
6:21
 
FAURE IN CHROME
10
6:02
 
THERE'S AN ANGEL IN THE SHOWER
11
7:33
 
VISA
12
4:29
 

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