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Amir Abdullah is one half of New York-based duo Kon & Amir. The story of Kon and Amir begins in the record bins of Boston. A chance encounter at Biscuithead Records in 1996 would lead to one of the best-kept alliances in the beat digging world. Within a year of their meeting, the pair cut “On Track Volume 1”, the first in what would be a six part series of mix discs, infecting ears with seamless blends of unparalleled beats and breaks. Over a lifetime of collecting, they’ve unearthed records that define the word rare, pulling from the best in deep funk, soul, jazz, R&B, Latin, reggae, and of course, hip-hop. After the conclusion of the “On Track” series, the duo secured a five-record deal with BBE/Rapster, and have already released three entries to the “On Track” companion series “Off Track”. No bin is too dirty for Kon and Amir; the DJs have scoured all manner of records spots in their day, braving seedy barrooms and rabid fanatics along the way. It’s all been a part of what is now a discography that goes eight albums deep, including “The Kings Of Diggin'” with their Japanese contemporary DJ Muro.

Over the course of their twelve year career, Kon and Amir have gained legendary status oversees while achieving domestic recognition from some of the most beloved beat-diggers, DJs, and producers in the game. Lord Finesse has referred to the team as “two of the most extraordinary but underrated beat diggers in the game”, and turntable virtuoso A-Trak regards their compilations and mixtapes as underground DJ classics. Like the vinyl they collect, Kon and Amir are of a rare breed. They consistently shake up dancefloors the world over, and their popularity is so high that fans actually offer up their own dusty singles and LPs as a gift to these beloved collectors. Their working command of music history makes them breathing tomes of wax knowledge; to that effect, Shady Records, Dr. Dre, Pete Rock, Diamond D, and Capitol Records (to name but a few) have called upon their expertise.

Kon & Amir’s latest release “Off Track Vol. III: Brooklyn – Rare Ghetto Disco, Funk and African Boogie” (BBE / release date: 23.04.2010) finds the New York/Boston-based pair shining light on another diverse array of underexposed vinyl. The eclectic African disco and soul cuts Amir highlights on his disc are Americanized by style but inherently authentic in feel, demonstrating the very best of the region’s dance music from the period following Fela Kuti’s mid-70s creative peak. Some standouts: Tee Mac’s 1980’s insistently catchy “Living Everyday”; Effi Duke’s percussive masterpiece “The Time Is Come”; and Christy Essien’s glorious “You Can’t Change”, which features famed bandleader Geraldo Pino’s Show Train outfit. Also in the mix are a couple of cuts from unsung Nigerian star Dizzy K. Falola aimed at sophisticated dancefloors.

If you want to know more about the duo you should check out the great story & interview “Musical Revival: Digging for Treasure with Kon and Amir” on

Amir Top 10 June 2010:

01. Dimitri From Paris – Get Down With The Philly Sound – A Very Special Collection (BBE)
02. Matthew Larkin Cassell – The Complete Works (Stones Throw Records)
03. Dam Funk-Toeachizown (Stones Throw Records)
04. Aloe Blacc – Good Things (Stones Throw Records)
05. Moodymann – Ol’ Dirty Vinyl (KDJ)
06. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part 2: Return Of The Ankh (Motown Records)
07. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Hertiage EP (Choice Cuts)
08. Twilight – Pains Of Love (Luv ‘N’ Haight Records)
09. Gangstarr – Daily Operation (Chrysalis Records/Capitol Records)
10. Georg Levin – Everything Must Change (BBE)

Amir Abdullah “Headphone Highlights” on RBMA Radio

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