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: Endless Flight, sublabel of Mule Musiq, describe Slope114 as one of the best kept secret artists in the Bay Area. "Modular synth maniacs" Dmitri LHP and Elise Gargalikis who run the project and eponymous label together comes good with the trippy and tunnelling "Keep Flying" 12" featuring a wonderful vocal delivery to compliment the track's hypnotic groove. On the flip, KiNK & KEi's are on remix duties with two versions - proper dancefloor drama vibes complete with hoover basslines, tense strings and pounding drums - giving a whole new dimension to the original.