Kon & Amir have quite literally cleaned out every dollar-record bin in town, selecting only the slickest party tracks to fill up this impressive collection of soul, disco and funk. The Cleaning is the second installment in a six-part series from Uncle Junior Records and Seven Heads Entertainment, following last year’s Djinji Brown-mixed The Market. With seamless transitions and full-length tracks — not just clips — Kon and Amir’s The Cleaning is a scorching soundtrack for a backyard summer bash.
Amir, the current vice president of sales and A&R at Fat Beats, has thorough knowledge of this game. Christian “Kon” Taylor has earned his comeuppance as a recognizable deejay in both Boston and New York, as well as in production for Rawkus and High Times, among others. After their first mixtape collabo in 1997, the two have been actively digging through dusty vinyl crates and together have opened On Track Productions. The Cleaning mines the golden bottom of the sought-after platter lists, unearthing ass-shakin’ gems otherwise undiscovered by narcoleptic radio and club deejays.
This collection features full tracks, and 1979 opener “Trip to Your Mind” from Hudson People begins a roller-rink hiatus through forgotten disco A-Sides. I can feel my beard growing and my pants widening, ever so slightly, toward the bottom. This dip into disco picks up David Bendeth and Symbol 8 along the way and then reaches its hand-clapping climax at “Microwave Boogie” by Skip Jackson and Natural Experience. Milton Wright whines a bit about how he’ll “get no lovin’ tonight,” but this is highly doubtable; this mix provides a very accommodating backdrop for sweet, sultry misbehavin’.
Invite the new neighbor over, the one who’s husband has shuffled off to his dead-end job. Slip a little Kon & Amir in the player and douse yourselves in ice-cold delicious booze. Leave it up to what Egon at Stones Throw has called an “en-masse education” at the hands of these prime selectors and mixers. Kon & Amir serve up some of the finest here, blending breaks and beats effortlessly for 73 minutes. You’ll have to light the tiki torches and hit repeat.