Jacob F Desvarieux - "Rifyx" (Kuniyuki edit) (8:02)
Review: Endless Flight has done us all a favour by shining a light on the little-known work of French zouk maestro Jacob F Deviscaux. Here, they round of their retrospective series of "anthology" releases with another red-hot three-tracker. Side-one begins with "Rifyx", a wonderfully summery, horn-laden concoction from the musician's 1985 album Oh Madina that somehow joins the dots between jazz-funk, zouk and disco, before continuing with Deviscaux's 1982 Afro-funk/synth-boogie/electro-zouk production for vocalist Tala. Best of all, though, is Kuniyuki's stupendously celebratory flipside re-edit of "Rifyx", which turns the all-too-short original into an eight-minute slab of audio sunshine.
Review: San Fran multi-instrumentalist Isaac Weisner comes correct on Endless Flight with four perfectly timed summer joints. Sitting pretty between a whole range of styles from cumbia to afrofunk, all tied up and fused with rich, stately mid tempo house grooves, each of the four cuts seem tailor made for sunny-side soundtracks. "Kejetia Star" struts with such juicy flare you would be forgiven thinking you're in Lagos, circa 72, "Dragonfruit" follows with more afro flavours but with stacks more percussion and loopy mischief while "Records In The Sun" flutters its eyelids with a little tropical disco charm and the savviest words any selector can hear this time of year: Don't leave your records in the sun! Finally we retire with the bluegrass introspection of the steel string twanging folky "Barbary Fig". Wise manoeuvres.
Review: A self-professed vinyl junkie and one half of Force of Nature alongside DJ Kent, KZA (pictured above) has a strong affiliation with the Endless Flight offshoot of Mule Musiq. Four years ago saw the release of his debut album Dig & Edit on the label, and he's also been responsible for a raft of 12?s on Endless Flight - including the classic Le Troublant Acid - as well as mixing two volumes of their showcase compilation series I'm Starting To Feel Okay. Now Dig & Edit 2 has arrived, and it's a continuation of the approach the producer took with his debut set. Some ten tracks long, Dig & Edit Vol. 2 largely consists of new material that KZA sampled from his extensive record collection and subsequently arranged with the assistance of Mule Musiq boss Kuniyuki, though it does end on the aforementioned, previously released Paul Martin-sampling stunner "Le Troublant Acid". All in all, essential.