Darren Cunningham has been releasing music that sounds like no one else for years now, but his newest album, Ghettoville, takes an even further step. It’s an overwhelmingly dense and long album of droning, lurching, rattling, and cracking techno. These are songs that sound like they’re covered in dust and growing mold, particularly the just released “Rap,” a song that sounds suffocating in its pitch-shifted R&B. In context it’s actually one of the lighter songs, a gasp of breath, before the next plunge into Cunningham’s radioactive world. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Cunningham described the album’s distinct sound as, “I wanted this record to sound brittle, as if you were an addict and you feel like the world is crumbling around you.” That’s a pretty perfect way to describe it, I would add that it’s the best album of his entire career. Listen to “Rap” below and be sure to check out the recent non-album single “Grey Over Blue.”
Ghettoville is out 1/28 via Ninja Tune.