2004 release. Every so often, techno throws us a truly classic album, made by an artist with bags of personality and character. Akufen's My Way (Force Inc., 2002) was one; a heart-stealing blend of gorgeous, glitchy soundscapes, created in self-imposed isolation by -- of all people -- a former butcher. Fabric presents his first-ever DJ mix CD, showcasing some of the sharpest new record labels and producers. Fabric 17 was meticulously planned, and recorded in one take, using two turntables and a mixer. Akufen records for Perlon, and Musique Risquee, and has remixed Richie Hawtin, Massive Attack, Cabaret Voltaire, and Yello. Fabric 17 is a minimal house tour-de-force, bursting with energy, excitement, and invention. The 21 tracks perfectly describe Fabric's new 4/4 ethic -- keep it clever, catchy, and brilliantly detailed -- and are beautifully mixed in an extremely individual style. Akufen's love of Henri Mancini, and all things quirky, bleeds from the grooves; check The Rip Off Artist's hymn to poverty meeting Señor Coconut, or the drug-addictive Crackhaus for evidence. Other artists include: Philippe Cam, Matthew Dear, Pantytec, Cabanne, Krikor, Ark, Kalabrese, DUB.E.US, Wighnomy Brothers & Robag Wruhme, S-max, Ultrakurt, Herbert, Freaks, Mossa, Luciano & Serafin, Soul Center, Horror Inc., Mike Shannon, Jeff Milligan, and Stephen Beaupré.