Akufen, Mary Jane Kelley EP

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Mary Jane Kelley EP

Canadian “microsampler” reins in his patented technique on this 2000 single.

Canadian producer Mark Leclair, aka Akufen, became popular in dance-music circles for his use of “microsampling” — twisting his radio dial, recording it and utilizing the best-sounding results, a la New Jersey Jesus-house genius Todd Edwards. Some of that technique is put to use on this 2000 single, but it's less squiggly and overloaded than later stuff like 2002's My Way. “Mary Jane Kelley” juggles a handful of screechy-squiggly computer-startup noises with a couple voices (a man mid-word — "dit" — and a ghostly woman mid-sigh) over glossy keyboard chords, pulse-bass, and a very regular hi-hat, while the B-side, “Fishtank,” arrays a number of percussive effects (truncated electro-handclaps, what sounds like the echo of a cathedral door slam) around depth-charge bass drums.