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Akufen

EP

Karat
This is Canadian producer Marc Leclair’s first release in four years as Akufen, and ostensibly, not much has changed. The same microscopic beats and dissected/re-assembled swinging rhythms prevail — but there are some twists. ‘A1 U’ juxtaposes easy listening/jazz motifs redolent of Herbert at his kookiest with billowing synths, while ‘Death Of A Mascot’ resounds to sweeping piano keys. Apart from the glitchy ‘Seizure Salad’, it’s a mature-sounding release and a long way from the cut-up chaos of ‘Deck The House’.
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