With his debut album, My Way, Akufen (Quebecois Marc Leclair) skillfully placed himself in the forefront, along with Matthew Dear, of the minimal house scene. With his mashing together of absolute noise, blips and bleeps and incredibly miniscule and unrecognizable samples, he created one of the funkiest, maddest experiments available on CD. He has now taken that terrifying talent to the Fabric series.
Armed with two turntables and a mixer, Akufen serves up a delicious, live mix that will stun in its brilliance. He absolutely obliterates the disc (and preconceived notions) with utterly danceable minimalist tracks from the likes of Herbert, Freaks, Stephen Beaupré, Matthew Dear and dub.e.us. Each song pounds with their quirky beats (with the lamentable exception of Señor Coconut’s cover of “Smoke on the Water”) and melds beautifully into the next track. Leclair provides a seamless dance experience that you simply cannot find anywhere else, and he shows that even this mind-boggling genre can really move you.
Fabric Records: www.fabriclondon.com