Jazz is jazz. One can mix it, remix it, reinvent it or even sample it. In the end is all about jazz. That’s exactly what Ibn Itaka’s work proves. Ibn Itaka is a Puerto-Rican-Congolese producer, highly influenced by this music genre and explores its corners by mixing classic sax and keys with avant-garde drums and modern synths. It’s not innovative, but it’s mesmerizing every time we hear something like this.
Recently the producer launched his newest single Summertime, a nostalgic track full of memories and creative visions of the past played on the future. The song transpires similarities with Dayglo Reflection from Bobby Womack and Lana Del Rey, especially on the schizophrenic drums and unpredictable keys. It navigates in the unknown, like an improvised moment, at the same time it replicates those old emotions. Itaka, along with his fellows Javed Wiggins (sax), Josh Benitez (keys), Austin Williamson (drums), Henny Montes (bass) and Isaac Sleator (synth), sells us a ticket to our best summertime memory, aboard of this pure raw melody, where we can even hear some grainy sounds like if it was playing in an old turntable. The best thing to do is actually listen to the song on replay enjoying your day.
Ibn Itaka is about to release his forthcoming album Colores, so keep your eye on his socials and don’t lose a bit about what’s there to come.