|Title||Hazyville • Ghettoville|
|Label||Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune|
|Design||Art: William Stein; Design: Inventory Studio|
|Notes||Ghettoville is rumoured to be Darren J. Cunningham’s final release, at least in the guise of Actress. Whether or not that’s the case, this deluxe version gathers the artist’s out of print 2008 debut and presents both in compact disc and vinyl formats along with a 12″ square book of collages.
The black vinyl box has a single white triangle on its face – distinctly minimal, the design becomes surprisingly hypnotic if looked at for a while. The motif recurs with the black vinyl Hazyville clad in a sleeve cut with the three-sided shape that reveals its mysterious blurred cover image. Ghettoville is on double white vinyl, the fourth side of which is again inscribed with the artist’s signature triangle.
The booklet of abstracted collages completes a handsome package that successfully maintains the artist’s mystique. And the music – well, it’s wonderful. The rust that clothes each track sounds like it might eventually eat it away until only a sprinkling of red dust is left behind.