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My Way Import

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  • Audio CD (17 Jun 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Force Inc
  • ASIN: B0000646F1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Even White Horizons
2. Installation
3. Skidoos
4. Deck The House
5. Wet Floors
6. Heaven Can Wait
7. In Dog We Trust
8. Jeep Sex
9. Late Night Munchies
10. My Way

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BBC Review

We've been waxing lyrical about Montreal quite a bit this year, and rightly so. With excellent releases on labels like Suction, Constellation and Oral there's certainly a lot of promising new music coming out of Quebecois Canada in the last few months and there looks to be a fair bit more to come. However, whether or not any of them will be able to match the awesome power and technical brilliance of Akufen's debut full length is now most definitely in question.

Having been called the Canadian Brinkmann, Akufen's main man Marc Leclair has been releasing a few 12 singles here and there, mostly on German labels like Perlon, Background and Trapez, but it's here on his debut full length on Force Inc. that we really see what the man in capable of.

Leclair's plan of attack is simple yet devastating in its effect - tiny fragments of random radio signals are sampled and overlaid onto massive upbeat 130bpm tech/house loops in a cut and paste technique that would make even John Oswald proud.

Everything and the kitchen sink are thrown in - half second blips of adverts, pop songs, classical music, tango beats, even talk radio hosts - all creating a plunderphonic mix that evolves, snaking and stretching along like a rubber band, all the while underpinned by deep funk rhythms and a pounding 4/4 beat that glues everything together.

The result is a devastatingly funky record that will completely mess with your mind and force you to get on the dance floor before your brain has had time to figure out what it is you're actually hearing.

My Way lurches and hiccups like a madman possessed spinning a radio dial hooked up to a massive sound system while Pete Tong plays funky house next door. While it's got uptempo tracks a-plenty, Leclair does show a soft side, bringing out his taste for the more minimal and granular sounds of a label like Basic Channel or Static Caravan.

"Even White Horizons" and "Skidoos" both jump and skitter around but have a calm zen-like quality to them. Leclair manages to avoid taking away the pure emotion of a track, no matter how schizophrenic it may get.

That's one of the really impressive things about this record. My Way manages to walk a fine line between full-on commercial sensibility and left-field experimentation and yet somehow pulls off both simultaneously with no compromise on either side. It's out there all right, but its funky as hell.

You know, it's easy to gloat about good music and get caught up in the moment when you first hear a CD, but trust us - this one is something really special. Absolutely essential.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Sayers on 25 Aug 2005
Format: Vinyl
This is one of the most original albums I've heard for a long time. Its not the most obvious or will appeal to the masses but if thats what you look for then this is for you.
The stand out track has got to be 'Skidoos'. Its beauty is layed out infront of you as the track unfolds and is as innocent as the break of dawn, a proper 7 a.m. tune to watch the sun rise too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Armstrong on 14 Dec 2002
Format: Audio CD
As a concept, this is quite new. Scan the radio-waves for samples, and indulge yourself in a colourful collage with the resulting booty.
As a sound, Akufen comes across as an updated and funkier version of late-90s house pioneer Todd Edwards.
In this offering, he delivers a musically interesting, always funky slice of his personal "radio funk" style.
On tracks like "Jeep Sex" and "Wet floors", ultra-short snippets of guitar, vox, piano and assorted parps and squeals swing about the stereo spectrum in harmony with the solid four-to-the-floor beats and bass. Real head-nodding stuff.
On "Skidoos" and his interpretation of the Frank Sinatra classic "My Way" (the LP's title track), Akufen goes deeper, swapping radio material for lush pads, but the bass is always deep and funky and the beats crystalline. the radio stuff still pops up now and again, but it's more for decorative effect than anything else.
With this as well as other recent Force Inc. offerings on your stereo, you'll impress others with your forward-thinking tastes, and although it doesn't always work as a homogenous whole, you'll be gaining an often moving, soulful, funky and sophisticated set of quality tracks.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Bennett on 4 Dec 2002
Format: Audio CD
After this made jockey slut's top 10 albums of 2002 i was expecting something pretty impressive. Unfortunately it was yet another let down. It started encouragingly enough. The first two tracks were quite different. Reading the strange sleeve notes gave me the impression that the best was yet to come. The album centres around the sample technique used. At the start of the album i was thinking, i wonder what this is going to sound like? Well, although it certainly has it's good moments, the stop- start samples thrown over a bom, bom base line takes a strangle hold in the middle of the album. In fact,there are four consecutive tracks that are all the same! Original idea, albeit a simple one, repeated far too many times. If you like Herbert and Doctor Rockitt, you will probably love this (it's that type of wacky and weird stuff that pretends to be something 'special'-but isn't). It's not rubbish, but top 10 dance albums of the year, yeah...whatever.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Secret Radio 17 Jan 2003
By P. Gunderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"My Way" was put together by sampling radio waves, slicing these sounds into small parts (voices, flashes of static, a bowed string, a vocal line, computer blips and the like) and reassembling them into house-inflected techno. It sounds like the radio waves have a secret life of their own when they aren't doing their jobs broadcasting Top 40 drivel--and boy do they like to cut loose.
Akufen never lets his experimentalism get in the way of a good time. All of these tracks groove in the funkiest of ways. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Several inspirations...... 16 Sep 2002
By Ryan Schweitzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Akufen. As all the reviews here basically sum up, his style is basically if John Oswald, Todd Edwards, Larry Levan, Daft Punk, John Cage, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton (along with Parliament/Funkadelic), James Brown, Avalanches, (Matthew) Herbert, Scott Herren, and Matmos all decided to cram themselves in a studio equipped with several AM/FM radios and make an album. In other words, Mr. LeClair has made an excellent, beautiful and groovy-and-funky-as-hell album worthy of being a legend. It's in heavy rotation in my domicile....
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Akufen takes experimental house to new levels 20 Dec 2003
By Pantytec is my god, it should be yours too (Tem) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not only is this cd good, but its a good example of technology in motion without you even knowing it. Marc LeClair has single handledly taken pop culture and compressed it in a very accesible house album. Can you recognize the vocal snippets of Steve Perry of Journey, Janet Jackson, and Jewel on "Heaven Can Wait" ? I didn't think so. Which is another thing about this CD, you could honestly spend hours trying to find what is what. Akufen continues to be one of my favorite producers, because in the House genre, it seems producers think less and focus more on the big body shakin' sound. However Akufen doesn't neglect this sound, he just takes it further. Along with the growing catalogues of such labels as Mille Plateaux, Perlon (Which Akufen has contributed his 'Quebec Nightclub' 12"), and Kompakt, this album is a shining example of how house doesn't have to be uniform.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Innovative, but catchy. A rare combination. 11 April 2008
By Steward Willons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are plenty of artists out there using samples in effective, if predictable, ways, but there are only a handful of artists who I consider sampling innovators. DJ Shadow, Daedelus, and Prefuse 73 spring to mind. Count Akufen in with them. It's not simply a matter of his source (who else samples exclusively from the FM?), or his precision (there are plenty of microsamplers out there) - it's how he puts them together to form a gestalt.

The result is much less fractured than one would imagine. I will go as far as to say that the sliced up samples have flow - real musical flow. Achieving a sense of measure to measure, beat to beat flow is difficult when you take into account the variety of sources, their variance in amplitude, not to mention the zipper noise that is the bane of anyone who works with many tiny samples. When you listen, you almost have to remind yourself that you're hearing many small segments of second-hand music, as opposed to something expressly recorded for this particular album. I don't know how he does it.

Above all, "My Way" is very listenable. His technique may be experimental, but the music enjoyable, danceable, and fun. It's also great for just listening. That's really my criterion for any sort of electronic music with a 4/4 bass drum foundation - is it something I can sit down and listen to with interest? Akufen delivers on this point.

I can partially understand why some are driven to call this music "house." The BPM fits squarely in the house range and it's 4/4 bass drum can give the impression of house music, but that's really just the shell containing Akufen's excellent and unique music. It also serves to stabilize his experimentalism. Often times when artists use innovative production techniques, the music can suffer if the whole thing begins to become more about the technique than the music itself. The palatable "house" container on these tracks help to make the music more inviting to a larger audience.

While I might not recommend it as an essential purchase for casual listeners, those who enjoy innovative and experimental electronic music should check out Akufen.
walk this way 2 July 2002
By Russell E. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Make a song - cut and paste, clip and stitch. Marc Leclair, aka Akufen, spent two years surfing the radio airwaves collecting sound bytes, any bits and pieces potentially music worthy, rather than noise. The results are astonishing. Microsampling is taken to new levels with the recycling of throwaways, breaking glass, and a ticking clock. More akin to Herbert in this respect than the Avalanches as he uses the entire household for background. A variable domestic STOMP with drum loops inclusive. Opening cut "Even White Horizons" is a salt of the earth dragging of repetitive bass, setting the tone. Little vocal whispers and echoes spliced in. Inventive, revolutionary, and a skip to the edge, it all comes home in the melodic "Installation" and "Skidoos". Next up, "Deck The House" is the designated single from the album and the prime sample of these forces at work. Remixes should have a field day. At first novelty, by the time you reach "Heaven Can Wait" and "In Dog We Trust" it all becomes a bit tiresome. Not to fret though. Fresh horses take to the tracks on the urban "Jeep Sex". "Late Night Munchies" is the frantic dismantling of song structure, more strung bits of odds and ends - controlled chaos. Closer "My Way", is the vocoder justification on this electronic journey. Better tabbed "home music" rather than "house". It's more kitchen floor than dance club. No matter where you serve your guest, they wind up here eventually, finding comfort in familiar surroundings, the subliminal gathering of everyday sounds. Put to rhythm and rhyme - a risky walk on the mild side. Give Akufen a double plus good for originality, tenacity, and persistence. MY WAY stands out from the crowd as one of a kind what-cha-ma-call-it. I was looking for something different. I think I found it. Go figure.
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