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My Way

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Call it house music if you will. After all, the genre's trademark 4/4 thump is all over the damn thing. Oh. You prefer to refer to this as "Plunderphonia?" Just as well. For Montreal-based Marc Leclair's most recent alias, Akufen, it's the unlikely meeting of these two typically exclusive propositions. It's telling that Akufen represents the phonetic spelling of the French word for tinnitus — a constant ringing in one's ears. For what he's done on My Way is utilize the endless stream of FM radio detritus as his main sample source. A worthy metaphor, no? "Sure," you say, not impressed. "But I've heard such plunderings in the cut 'n' paste poetics of Negativland, even KMFDM." Perhaps, but I'm betting you've never heard sampling done quite like this.

My Way is a hypertext jigsaw reverie not unlike Matmos taking a razor to FM radio, inviting Prefuse 73, Herbert and the Avalanches over to lend a hand, and asking Larry Levan and Basement Jaxx to give it the once over. Some people make head music, right? And others orient theirs toward the rump? Well, Leclair unites these alienated anatomical regions in a glorious celebration of ass/mind synthesis. Witness "Skidoos," wherein a synth blur Pet Shop Boys would pine for gathers dust under a bass-merger of Luomo and Bootsy Collins. Or "Jeep Sex," whence James Gang's "Funk 49" and AM-grade harmonica skitter pebble-like atop a leftover Paradise Garage bass line. It's a pop-house mind-fuck, the likes of which I've never heard. Plunder-house has never sounded so cheeky. Or so good.

Alexis Georgopoulos -- From URB Magazine

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Even White Horizons
  2. Installation
  3. Skidoos
  4. Deck The House
  5. Wet Floors
  6. Heaven Can't Wait
  7. In Dog We Trust
  8. Jeep Sex
  9. Late Night Munchies
  10. My Way

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 14, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: May 1, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Force
  • ASIN: B0000646F1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Gunderson on January 16, 2003
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Schweitzer on September 15, 2002
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....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pantytec is my god, it should be yours too (Tem) on December 19, 2003
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steward Willons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 11, 2008
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.
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By Frédéric Malouin on November 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For the montreal elektro scene, there was a need for a disc like that since a long time. But now it's out and it proove one thing : the first Akufen's works/vynils were just crap compared to this. These were VERY repetitive and lacking of any kind of dynamism. Anyway they got very remarked for their unconventional use of sampling. Akufen's popularity grew and then came My Way. This album is something you'll never forget. The very dancy sequences on "Deck The House" are contrasting with the ultimately relaxing samplings on "Even White Horizons" and the incredible solo of pseudo-drums on "Late Night Munchies". Akufen used absolutely anything on the radio waves to make these jewels : commercials, songs, comments and distortions.
For quebecers, this disc is even more wonderful because we recognize some of our commercials that are being sampled in the songs as instruments. The effect is pretty weird.
Anyone who want to discover something else should check this disc up, because it rocks and it proves either that Marc Leclair is the God of the Sampling or that God is a Sampler.
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