Montreal native David Kakon makes his studio debut with this Muzak-inspired set under the moniker Jaffa.
Montreal native David Kakon makes his studio debut with this Muzak-inspired set under the moniker Jaffa. A classically trained pianist, Kakon mixes bits of soul, breakbeats, and jazz on the all-too-aptly-titled Elevator. The title track—and its two accompanying remixes courtesy of the Herbaliser and Fila Brazillia—are soothing and grooving. The hip-hop influenced "Star 67," which incorporates sound bites of a telephone conversation into the mix, spotlights Kakon's marvelously cheeky side. At 24, Kakon—who wrote, produced, and engineered Elevator—seems so modest that his own image appears nowhere on the album. Not one to rest, Kakon is already at work on a follow-up. He's also confirmed to perform at this year's Montreal Jazz Festival. Contact: 514-286-3860.––RH