on 25 August 2005
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.
on 14 December 2002
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.
on 4 December 2002
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.