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Under his primary alias of Actress, Darren Cunningham is behind some of the least predictable, least classifiable electronic music of his time. Since his modest 2004 debut with the No Tricks EP, the British producer has juggled diverse inspirations including funk and electro, art rock, house, and noise while putting a fresh spin on the forms to decayed, disorienting effect. His productions, once self-termed "R&B concrète," have consequently dumbfounded some DJs, while they've been devoured by more adventurous jocks. One of the most acclaimed sonic experimentalists, Cunningham has often landed on The Wire's annual Top 50, starting with Splazsh, which topped the magazine's 2010 chart, and continuing through AZD in 2017. Cunningham has kept listeners guessing with LAGEOS, a 2018 recording with London Contemporary Orchestra; 2020's Karma & Desire, incorporating vocals from the likes of Zsela and Sampha; and 2023's LXXXVIII, containing some of his trippiest and most direct material.

Wolverhampton, England
August 23, 1979

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