Me on Akufen in this week's Flavorpill.net:
First Fridays feat. Akufen
when: Fri 5.5 (9pm-1am)
where: Guggenheim Museum (1071 5th Ave, 212.423.3500)
Akufen made what was perhaps microhouse's grandest statement in 2002 with his full length My Way. Its raw materials consisted of short-wave radio snippets painstakingly chopped and reassembled into a complex mosaic with thick, funky bass lines and jackin' kicks to delight heads and hips in equal measure. The genre has since firmly established itself, and Akufen has kept pace with subsequent 12-inches, an ambient-oriented project under his real name, Marc Leclair, and a brilliant Fabric DJ mix, which displays his work as well as the talent of several like-minded producers. Tonight, after a live set of danceable dub, rubbery rhythms, and digital funk from Montréal duo Luci, Akufen gets behind the decks as a preview of the musical innovation to be displayed later this month at Mutek.