Actress, also known as the London-based experimental composer Darren Cunningham, is been flooding our grateful ears with new music this year. In July, he surprised us with the excellent Bandcamp-only project 88 while teasing his long-awaited album Karma & Desire.
Today, we finally got a release date for Karma — October 23 — as well as "Walking Flames," its Sampha-featuring first single. Unsurprisingly, the two artists make a formidable pair: the quiet, unyielding passion in Sampha's voice teases out new and remarkable dimensions to Actress's production, here a warped and sad disco groove.
"Walking Flames" is one of three Sampha features on Karma & Desire. Listen below, followed by the project's full tracklist.
Karma & Desire tracklist
1. Fire and Light
2. Angels Pharmacy (feat. Zsela)
3. Remembrance (feat. Zsela)
5. Leaves Against The Sky
7. VVY (feat. Sampha)
9. Gliding Squares
10. Many Seas, Many Rivers (feat. Sampha)
11. Loveless (feat. Aura T-09)
12. Public Life (feat. Vanessa Benelli Mosell)
14. Loose (feat. Christel Well)
15. Turin (feat. Aura T-09)
16. Diamond X
17. Walking Flames (feat. Sampha)