Music Reviews

Akufen

My Way

Force Inc.

Much like Britain’s Matthew Herbert, Montreal’s Akufen (née Marc Leclair) has an odd knack for making the experimental seem mainstream. Leclair’s “microsampling” style is an odd neo-environmentalist’s audio recycling program, taking samples from everything on the radio – be they talk shows, advertisements, static, whatever – and blending them into a minimalist 4/4 house beat that will truly rock you (just as the aforementioned Herbert has done with bodily functions and home appliances). It is fairly difficult to pull off minimalist tech/house because it can so often lead to droning somnambulism. However, Akufen has a clever way of peppering the beat with just the right shum-shum to keep everything intriguing and moving. And his microsampling on “Deck The House” is absolutely brilliant – where a seeming cacophony repeatedly builds upon its own destruction until ultimately the structure becomes one of the funkiest songs you’ve heard in years. My Way is an absolutely brilliant (especially for a debut) work that will hopefully establish Leclair the way Bodily Functions did for Herbert.

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