Following on from his recent Bandcamp exclusive album 88, which he released with a days notice on Twitter for free, Darren Cunningham. aka Actress. is back again with a new single ‘Walking Flames’ featuring Sampha on vocals. It also heralds news of another new album this year – Karma & Desire, out on 23rd October via Ninja Tune. The album also feautures Aura T-09, Zsela and others.

News of the release came in a typically mysterious and arty press release, as seen below.

“After ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ recent ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ mixtape “88” Actress, ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆, ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ new album “Karma & Desire”. ∆∆∆∆∆∆ ‘Walking Flames’ featuring ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ Sampha is out today.

“Karma & Desire” ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ ∆∆∆∆∆∆ ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ guest collaborations from Sampha, Zsela and Aura T-09 ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆. It’s “a romantic tragedy set between the heavens and the underworld.” ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ ∆∆∆. ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆“the same sort of things that I like to talk about – love, death, technology, the questioning of one’s being”. ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆, the presence of human voices – ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ – take the questing artist into new territory. 

∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ ‘Walking Flames’ ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆: “These are like graphics that I’ve never seen / My face on another human being / The highest resolution / Don’t breathe the birth of a new day.” ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ flute-like melodies contributed by Canadian organist and instrument builder Kara-Lis Coverdale. 

“Karma & Desire” ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆ 23rd October 2020 ∆∆ Ninja Tune ∆∆∆∆ ‘Walking Flames feat. Sampha’’ is out today.”

Overlayered vocals and smoky beats is the order of the day in ‘Walking Flames’, with simple melodic piano / synth lines weaving in and out of the mix. Sampha is typically brilliant, adding a warmth and soul to Cunningham’s beats.

Breathtaking stuff.

On 1st September 2020 Actress shared a single called “Walking Flames” with Sampha featuring on vocals. This track is the main single from an upcoming album Karma & Desire which will be released on the 23rd October 2020 via Ninja Tune. Karma & Desire, which also features Zsela, Aura T-09, and more, will be Actress’ second full-length of the year after dropping 88. Also that month, the British artist remixed LEYA’s song “Wave” from the duo’s recent LP Flood Dream. [27]