Alt-jazz band ISQ will be releasing the Arthur Baker remix of their song, ‘Ode To Myself’ on the 5th of March. The remix is taken from their upcoming album, Requiem For the Faithful 2.0: The Remixes, to be released on the 21st of May via CP Records, which is a complete compilation of remixed songs released on their original LP, Requiem For The Faithful. Together, ISQ has gone on to release three widely celebrated albums since the start of the project, with this LP marking their 4th full-length project.
Arthur Baker is a celebrated producer with an illustrious career as an award-winning DJ, label head and music and film producer. He has collaborated with the likes of Armand Van Helden and Chris Lake, Amine Edge, Mistajam and Al Green, assisted Bob Dylan as a mixer, produced and remixed New Order’s ‘Confusion’ and edited Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Family Man’. He has also provided official remixes for the likes of Steppenwolf, Cyndi Lauper, The Pet Shop Boys and The Avalanches. Arthur Baker is currently living in Miami after enjoying the vibrant city of New York for several years. His own works have collected over 12 million views on Youtube.
It’s rare when a remix blends so seamlessly with an original. Arthur Baker entwines his own electronically driven sound with Irene’s stunning vocals – creating a sound that is unmistakably unique. With an old-school intro of 90’s balearic beats meeting jazzy scat singing, the remix of ‘Ode To Myself’ quickly develops into something modern and new as the entrancing basslines keep listeners hooked. Ultimately, the single is an intimate gesture of self-care brought onto the dance floor.
The quartet formed in 2012 and features Irene Serra on vocals, Richard Sadler on double bass, Naadia Sheriff on piano and Chris Nickolls on drums. Irene Serra was born in Milan, grew up in Denmark before moving to London to study music. ISQ finds inspiration in a variety of sources, including Agnes Obel, E.S.T., Bjork, The Bad Plus and Radiohead. However, Arthur Baker takes their sound and flings it into modernity, with the likes of Frankie Knuckles, Miguel Migs, Crazy P and Armand Van Helden being called to mind.
ISQ has made their mark on the music industry, having their second album, Too selected as a Time Out London’s Critics Choice and performing at the London Jazz Festival (2015, 2016 and 2018) before they went on to host several other sold-out performances. Their newest single, ‘L.A.S. (Urchin Remix)’ premiered via Magnetic Magazine. The quartet has received radio play from BBC Radio Devon’s David Fitzgerald and was interviewed on Jumoke Fashola’s Inspirit show, on BBC London Live as well as supported by Jazz FM.
Arthur Baker tells us about his personal connection to the remix: “Irene has been a friend for years and we finally got a chance to collaborate. I was inspired by her voice, the melody and by the bands playing, which I used in the remix. I love cutting and pasting and the track provided me with plenty of ammunition and inspiration.”
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