Splazsh - Actress
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  • Summary: This is producer Darren Cunningham's second album under the name Actress.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Splazsh evokes mood on a larger scale than Hazyville, increasing possibilities by stepping up production technique and stylistic variety, but it continues to focus on music's effect on the mind by allowing technique to undermine and contradict itself.
  2. There's a range of hooks and ideas at play in Splazsh that few others have approached, much less made coherent.
  3. Putting to work every kind of noise you could think of--dub echoes, laser squiggles, slurring sludge, fractured voices, bass rumbles, innocent chirps, and so on--Splazsh is a feast for the ears.
  4. Cunningham is skilled in sustaining uncomfortable moments right up to a breaking point but he's also brilliant at making this self-contained, insular music sound sleek, modern and somehow appetising.
  5. Dec 13, 2010
    It's coarse, awkward and at times lacks air; but the stubborn nature of Splazsh's development leaves you parched for more.
  6. Unfortunately, the greatest asset to Splazsh also feels like its greatest Achilles heel. The territory this album spans is substantial, but almost impossible to get into without focused, repeated listening.
  7. His second album Splazsh serves up tense techno without a hint of human warmth. [Jul 2010, p.140]

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  1. Nov 5, 2011
    Splazsh is another dimension in which one easily gets lost. However, on repeated listens it fully unveils its secrets and intricacy. Hubble is puzzling and hypnotic, while Maze is a sonic equivalent of a froid metal taken from a deep space meteor. There are other solid tracks but sometimes they feel like drafts, not finished songs. Purrple Splazsh explores the title colour with one good beating. Wrong Potion and Casanova are as disorienting as they reach for evil and sinisterness. Expand