Today, electronic music mystery man, Darren Cunningham, aka Actress, has finally announced his new album called Karma & Desire, out October 23 via Ninja Tune.
Though he dropped his 88 mixtape a little over a month ago, the UK producer has been teasing the release of Karma & Desire since May of last year. Of course, that seems like ages ago, even longer considering the hand life has dealt planet earth. With this announcement, Actress has also shared a new single titled “Walking Flames”.
On this chilly new single, Actress brings aboard everyone’s favorite guest artist, Sampha. The first of two tracks that feature the R&B prodigy, Sampha, as is customary, lends his warm blanket to a voice to a resonant degree, singing “Don’t breathe the birth of a new day / I’mma pray for day / I’mma pray for day…” Though Sampha’s vocals usually steal the show of most of his features, Actress shines measure up, laying out a beautiful celestial body of sound for his guest to breathe life through.
Regarding the direction of this new record, Actress describes it as “a romantic tragedy set between the heavens and the underworld.” and that it explores “the same sort of things that I like to talk about—love, death, technology, the questioning of one’s being…”
Karma & Desire is out Oct. 23 via Ninja Tune. You can preorder the record here. Make sure you follow Actress on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, as well.