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.
Review: Amongst those who dig for interesting, dancefloor-friendly electronic music from the early 1980s, Jacob Desvarieux's eponymous 1983 debut album is highly rated. It brilliantly joined the dots between zouk, boogie and beatbox electro, with all manner of other influences - reggae, most famously - being stirred into the producer's melting pot. Here, Endless Flight have licensed two of those tracks - the reggae-boogie brilliance of "Emotion", which includes subtle nods to a couple of disco classics, and the electro-zouk madness of "Sweet Florence" - and pressed them on a weighty 12" single. The latter track is given the re-edit treatment by Kuniyuki, who makes more of the layered guitar and organ solos, the original's wavy female vocals, and the killer original electro groove.
Review: Canadian disco dude Eddie C is back on Japan's Endless Flight, a label he has become a known staple of, with over a dozen releases in the last eight years alone, following up recent releases on Common Edit, Barefoot Beats and his own Red Motorbike. The Berlin by way of Banff producer gets deep down and dusty on the smooth jam "Horizon", followed by the super soulful groove of "Wanna Feel Free" on the flip, before closing with the seriously lo-slung funk on the wicked dub version.
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.
Review: Three years on from his last acclaimed outing on Endless Flight, Berlin-based Canadian Eddie C returns to the Japanese label with another high quality full-length excursion. Those who've followed his career over the last six or seven years will feel at home straight away. Opener "Hello baby" is a quirky, break-driven head-nodder rich in dub disco bass and quirky samples, while the cut that follows, "Carbon Date", offers a deeper and more spacey take on the same heady blueprint. From then on its' a loved-up, saucer-eyed jaunt through laidback Balearic disco grooves ("In The Park"), spaced-out punk-funk ("Way Uptown"), percussion-packed Latin beats ("Batacuda"), bustling breakbeat house ("Berlina"), warped digital dub ("Dancin' Music") and spaced-out broken beat ("Listen"). In a word: superb.