Thursday, August 15, 2013

Kon debuts

Debut album from Kon (of Kon and Amir fame), out now on BBE. Check the double coloured vinyl!

"What leads an individual to walk the often obsessive path of the crate digger? Raiding filthy basements and accumulating back-breaking stacks of wax on a tantalising search for the unearthed groove, Kon cites early exposure as the source of his calling: "One of the first physical records I fell in love with was Electric Light Orchestra's El Dorado. The music on that LP is incredible, climatic strings, and full of amazing songwriting. To digest and absorb music with such depth is the best thing for a 4 year old. Get 'em going young! I know this is part of the reason why later in life I searched further than what was just on the radio."

Kon's father was a drummer, and his love of the break not only inspired the quest for the funkiest rarities that birthed the iconic On Track and Off Track compilations, but also informed his approach to the edit. Check the 'Nite Time Remix' of 'Hooked' as the perfect introduction to his style: breaking things down to the bare essentials of a classic disco workout. 

The natural next step for this beat-juggling heavyweight was a return to the crafting of his own original productions. Bringing together a close-knit team of musician friends, Kon has revived a longstanding partnership with BBE and recorded his debut album On My Way. 

We are treated to the unmistakable vocals of UK talent Ben Westbeech, who Kon first met at the Southport Weekender. “I was with Amir leaving to catch the car service back to our hotel when I heard a guy yelling our names. Turns out it was Ben, and I had no idea he knew about our On Track compilations. And in turn he seemed to be shocked that I knew who he was! I've always liked Ben's work and I was staying in London with him when we first cut this tune. It was originally recorded to a totally different track that was all samples.”

Review from Turntable Lab: "It's been a longtime coming, but it was well worth the wait. On My Way follows a string of killer edit 12"s, hot remixes, a couple prized digger compilations, and years and years of record collecting. Through the years Kon has earned a rep as one of the most respected digger/djs on the scene (BBE crowned him King Of Diggin'), and more recently has proved his skills on the production side of things with reworks of original multi tracks to classics from MJ, Sylvester, Cerrone, and more. 

Now with On My Way, Kon goes full circle by crafting completely original tracks from the ground up. Along with a close-knit team of musician friends, Kon has created an impressive set of funk-laced grooves that straddle the line between boogie, soul, and disco. 

The result is not only brimming with modern dancefloor energy, but also well informed about dance music's rich history. 

Check the funk on tracks like "All Night" with Amy Douglass or "She Was A Queen," get down to the smooth disco soul on "Dont'cha Wanna" with George Levin and "Awe Baby," then take it to the top with tough boogie grooves like "Blow Me A Kiss," and "On My Way." Impressive! Pressed up on double colored vinyl (one red, one orange) and housed in glossy gatefold sleeve. Recommended."

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