The first track composition featured in Boukas’ latest series, entitled Inkel Stories, marks a collaborative effort between Boukas and Math-Mic. This collaboration seamlessly merges elements of classical hip-hop with velvety-smooth keystrokes, resulting in a composition characterized by its rich diversity. The piece embodies Boukas’ signature dreamy style, replete with intricate textural nuances, harmoniously interwoven with Math-Mic’s meticulous programming and adept keyboard performance.
Titled “Afternoon,” – Imbued with a nostalgic aura, the track has been thoughtfully transcribed onto cassette tape, imparting a charmingly antiquated ambiance that harmonizes with the distinctive qualities inherent to analog equipment.
“Inkel Stories” represents Boukas’ latest series, deriving its name from his acquisition of new equipment, including a 4-track cassette deck and an Inkel mixer. The distinctive characteristics of this mixer, featuring an inherently gritty sound along with a built-in delay effect, are perceptible throughout the record, notably on elements like snare drums. Boukas consistently crafts music that mirrors life’s various scenarios, often leaning into a monochromatic musical palette that invites listeners to infuse their own colors, a sentiment mirrored in the album covers.
Photographed by Boukas using an Yashica FX-3 Ilford Delta 3200 film, the cover images encapsulate the locales and moments that kindled inspiration for the tracks. The synergy between the album’s visual aesthetics and its musical content is evident, both sharing a grainy authenticity. This analog cohesion extends to the auditory realm, as the music and visuals are intrinsically intertwined, fostering an overall concept of analog artistry.