Boomkat Product Review:
*Download edition includes mixed and unmixed versions* Actress presents a sweeping, poetic summation of his tastes for DJ-Kicks. His first commercially available mix-tape draws a jagged freehand from the raw house of Breaker 1 2 (Greg Beato) thru to Gherkin Jerks (Larry Heard) via his own, exclusive 'Bird Matrix', and stacks of esoteric connections between Autechre, Beneath, UR, $hit & $hine and Mark Fell, to name but a few. A tour de force of the last 25 years of electronic dance music, it lays bare the far flung coordinates of Actress' deeply skewed sound, whether jamming the coarse textures of Breaker 1 2 against the graceful lines of Lorenzo Senni, ramping Beneath's sluggish swagger to a tetchy +8 or veering from Snakepiss's opitaed arabesque, 'Toil', into the recursive psychedelia of $hit & $hine and the tail-feathered swing of Chez N Trent's 'Windy City Club' evergreen. We'd imagine that some heads are flipped both ways - the trad house types may struggle with his oblique mixing technique, whilst the reel freaks will be wowed by his "give a f**k?" attitude. Like Powell, Mumdance or Bill Kouligas, this fella is a major catalyst behind rewiring our perceptions of what's possible, what is "allowed" in modern dance/electronic music, and this mix is a sterling case in point. Huge recommendation.