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Actress releases ‘Karma & Desire’ film by directed by Lee Bootee

To mark the release of his new album, Actress has shared a 17 minute short film directed by Lee Bootee, featuring a cast of Actress, Zsela, Yves Tumor, Sampha and Aura T-09.

‘Karma & Desire’ sees Actress diverging unexpectedly into vocal collaborations for the first time. And some collaborations could be genuinely memorable. Sampha, who features on the first single release ‘Walking Flames‘, Zsela, Aura T-09 and Rebekah Cristel all make appearances as does composer and pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell.

Described by Darren Cunningham as “a romantic tragedy set between the heavens and the underworld”, ‘Karma & Desire’ is destined for more nebulous, nondescript and synthetic compositions like those in his previous game-changing LPs from ‘Splazsh‘ right up to ‘AZD‘.


“A love story––or the story of a missed connection––███ ███████ ██████ isolation, cold beauty, ████ surveillance ████████. Find yourself a voyeur █████ ███ ████████. ████████ born again into this maze of karma and desire.”


‘Karma & Desire’ is out now via Ninja Tune. Order a copy from Ninja Tune.


1. Fire and Light
2. Angels Pharmacy (feat. Zsela)
3. Remembrance (feat. Zsela)
4. Reverend
5. Leaves Against The Sky
6. Save
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)
13. Fret
14. Loose (feat. Christel Well)
15. Turin (feat. Aura T-09)
16. Diamond X
17. Walking Flames (feat. Sampha)