Actress has never made the same album twice. In fact he hasn’t even come close with each progressive release giving little indication of what came before it. Coming as a bit of a surprise then was the announcement that the project’s Darren Cunningham would be looking back to 2008’s Hazyville for his new Ghettoville LP which has been labelled a sequel in both style and feel.
From the get-go it’s clear that Ghettoville is a far cry from the more lush and produced minimal techno of Splazsh (2010) and R.I.P. (2012) instead employing a decidedly rough and lo-fi approach to dubstep-tinted electronics à la Hazyville . More often than not the resulting soundscapes are dark claustrophobic and downright unsettling trading any pretty bits for a thick layer of urban-inspired dirt and grime.
“Rap” utilizes codeine-laced beatwork and demonically slowed R&B vocals. “Forgiven” borders on drug-fucked post-punk minimalism. And “Skyline” plays out like some nightmarish reimagining of Daft Punk’s “Around the World” on a triple tab of acid.
It’s by no means an easy sell as the album’s art-damaged techno pulls you ever deeper into the industrial concrete jungle that is Ghettoville . But sometimes it’s nice to wallow in the depths.