Boomkat Product Review:
Actress marks decades of convention challenging, game changing releases with some of his calmest, concentrated gear.
20 years since his work manifested on Werk Discs’ first release, Actress hails the advent of a major new project on the horizon with ‘Game Over’. Traversing haunted trip-hop, ruggedly debonaire mid-tempo house, greyscale ambient classical and computerised soul starring Sampha, the four-track EP short-circuits style and pattern in cool consolidations of his various strands of interest.
'Game Over' features dubbed out bass and echoic 8 bit flourishes, the lamenting vocals are accenting by ebbs of piano, with everything held only loosely together by sharpened rimshots. ‘Push Power’ is the club cut, all canny triplet metrics swaggering around the 90/120bpm mark in a dubbed out daze, guided by a vocal loop that gives way to what sounds uncannly like Jonnine in the 2nd half. A thizzing ambient-classical vignette ‘Fire and Light’ acts as palate cleanser in the middle, before Sampha graces the strolling shape of ‘Walking Flames’, lodged in the ether of its trickling keys and silicon vapours, and metamorphosing into a gorgeous vocoder coda.