Fresh from the release of a stellar mix from Russian heavyweight Nina Kraviz, !K7’s venerated DJ-Kicks series continues its hot streak with a singular hour-long set from British techno-related visionary Actress. Darren Cunningham’s contribution, which will be the DJ-Kicks collection’s 49th instalment, follows a benchmark year of standout releases from the producer/DJ. He released his fourth full-length effort, Ghettoville, followed it up with a re-release of his debut LP Hazyville, and unleashed the limited-edition black label Xoul on his own Werkdiscs label.
Actress applied a similarly imaginative approach to his DJ-Kicks. “When I’m selecting music I’m not always thinking about the music alone,” Cunningham explains. “I’m thinking about the names of the artists, tracks, and labels, and what they mean to me. I often base my tracklisting purely on how well the track titles work together in a poetic sense.”
“I’ve tried to keep space between tracks, allowing them to speak,” he continues. “I tried not to force BPM shifts and to let the programming remain choppy and quick.”
Actress’ DJ-Kicks will be released via !K7 on May 4.
CD TRACK LIST 01 Breaker 1 2 – 2 02 Lorenzo Senni – Elegant, and Never Tiring 03 Reel by Real – Look At Me 04 Autechre – Pen Expers 05 Chameleon – Thought 2 06 Beneath – Stress 1 07 Simbiosi – Impari 08 Zennor – Tin 09 John Beltran – Anticipation 10 Moon B – Those Moments 11 STL – Psychelicious 12 Snakepiss – Toil 13 Shit and Shine – Pearl Drop 14 Chez n Trent – Windy City Club 15 Mark Fell – Section 1-7 16 GNESIS – Pear 17 Shxcxchcxsh – LDWGWTT 18 Hank Jackson – Track 3 19 Actress – Bird Matrix (DJ-Kicks) 20 Gherkin Jerks – Red Planet
LP SIDE SPLITS A1 Lorenzo Senni – Elegant, and Never Tiring A2 Reel by Real – Look At Me A3 Simbiosi – Impari B1 John Beltran – Anticipation B2 Shit and Shine – Pearl Drop C1 Chez n Trent – Windy City Club C2 Mark Fell – Section 1-7 D1 Actress – Bird Matrix (DJ-Kicks) D2 Gherkin Jerks – Red Planet