Ile Flottante draws inspiration from some of hip hop's finest producers; the off-kilter drums of Rza, DOOM and J Dilla; and the suspenseful sample stabs and gorgeous jazz loops of DJ Premier.
The beatmaker specializes in over-saturation and distortion; and jazz samples float through the air as if being played through a dusty gramaphone in a long-abandoned attic. These effects create a mood which is both reassuring familiar and unnervingly 'different', sometimes even on the same cut.
It's as if the samples are not 'samples', but are the ghosts of music once played, haunting the sonic space just above contemporary, break-neck drums and lashings of warm bass grooves.
Tracks like the melancholy 'Jasmine', the marauding 'A Long Way from Chinatown', and the playful 'Jus Playin' are a collection of beats that lyricists of any persuasion - be they MC's, singers or poets - are likely to find inspiration in.