KZA | Dig and Edit

Endless Flight (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  December 2, 2009
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KZA is renowned in Japan as one of the greatest record collectors in a country famous (or should we say notorious?) for the obsessive gathering of obscure cultural artifacts. But this much-in-demand DJ is not merely a compiler.

A vital part of the nu-disco scene, KZA specializes in re-edits and reinventions of the classic canon of late-’70s and early-’80s disco, particularly in its currently red-hot Balearic- and Italo-disco variations. His style is far spacier, and more spare, than the better-known pop examples of nu-disco (think anything retro-futuristic — from recent Madonna to Sebastien Tellier), and that makes his first album a good fit with the rest of distributor Kompakt’s catalogue.

His maiden voyage includes forays into cod flamenco (“Aneugalam”), Nintendo beats (“Capricorn”), hypnotica (“Unfaithful”), Chicago house (“On&On&On”), and, in “Gothenergy,” something that sounds very much like dance music for Blade Runner’s sexy replicants (nu-Vangelis, perhaps?). Much of Dig and Edit, by the way, would make for excellent CSI microscope-montage music in a universe more tasteful than the one in which we live.

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