DJ pair Kon & Amir are far too wise about their music specialties: I can scarcely imagine the weight of their record collections. But don’t get jealous! Just sit back and let them spin an array of gorgeous rare cuts for you to enjoy. Volume III of their Off Track mixtape series focuses on Brooklyn NYC, the source of so much groovy musical wonder. Reissued double LP.
Vinyl Double LP £21.49 BBE130CLP
Repress 2LP on BBE inc. Oby Onyioha, Bomp, Taxie, Goddy Oku, Harry Mosco etc.
9/10 Andrew 12th July 2016
Whether you know of Kon and Amir or not, you really need to get to know their compilations. These are the Carlsberg of diggers - by which I mean probably the best in the world. Long time friends of BBE - this is the 4th collection released under their name - you can see why they keep getting asked back.
Previous collections have covered jazz, off beat funk, full on disco, afrobeat and much more, this is no different. However this is no funk and soul by numbers set, if you know any of these tracks before being exposed to them via this album then you are seriously doing well.
This isn't a beard scratching contest though, the beauty of Kon and Amir is that they find records that were lost, ignored or forgotten about but not because they were too challenging, rubbish or badly produced. These are great, joyous slabs of groovy dance music that just missed out because of bad promotion, bad luck or were just wrong place, wrong time artists or in some cases are just tracks that never left their homelands - until now.
Kon has edited some of his choices and of his selections my picks are the disco heat of S.F.B. – Burnin’ Up, the boogie killer Taxie - Rock Don’t Stop and the lovely positive vibes of The Mazyck Project - More Power to You.
Of Amir's Selection the slightly off beat sounding disco of Christy Essien Igbokwe - You Can't Change a Man is good reason alone to buy this album. An absolutely essential tune. In a similar vien is Goddy Oku - Don't Ask Me, another afro disco tune
Superb stuff from beginning to end. Buy it.
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