Legendary Crate Digger Kon (Kon & Amir, BBE Records) to Play Soul of Sydney Block Party: 2nd Birthday Jam – Sun Nov 17


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Soul of Sydney & Our House proudly present:

★★ SOUL OF SYDNEY BLOCK PARTY 2ND BDAY! ★★ SUN NOV 17

Discount Tickets Available HERE 
$10 – Early Bird (Sold Out) – $15 – 2nd Release (On Sale Now) – $20 – 3rd Release (On Sale Soon)

★Feat. Legendary crate digger, DJ & Producer; KON (Kon & Amir, BBE Records, Soulclap Recordings, USA)

★Afternoon Soul, Funk, Disco, Hip Hop & Early House vibes, Live Street Art & Block party Vibes.

★Music by:
KON (Kon & Amir, BBE Records, Soulclap Recordings, USA)
Soul of Sydney DJ’s & friends;
Frenzie (Groove Therapy Radio – 2ser)
Phil Toke (Soul of Sydney, Spirit of House, Our House Sydney)
Michael Zac (Soul of Sydney, Spirit of House, Our House Sydney)
Eadie Ramia (Soul of Sydney, Spirit of House, Our House Sydney)

★Live Street Art:
Live Sydney Street Art Project Showcase feat. Billy Kid & More TBA.

★Location: Secret Disco (released only to ticket holders

★About the Party:
Soul of Sydney Block Party is officially turning two & we want to throw down and celebrate with our extended soul family & friends who have blessed us with their presence, and made the last two years a so unforgettable.

We are honored to be hosting our 2nd birthday jam featuring a main musical inspiration for us as DJ’s & music fans & party organizers. We are blessed to present legendary record collector, DJ & Disco/Funk edit & remixing don, DJ Kon (of world famous crate digging duo Kon & Amir)

Kon comes armed with a stack of Soul, Funk, Disco, Hip Hop heat, known around the world for keeping it fresh with the hottest edits, remixes & musical knowledge for days. We can honestly say we cant wait to get him on to throw down the goods at our 2nd birthday.

Sending some mad love to the DJ’s, Dancers & Extended Soul-family who have shared the dance-floors, turntables & picnic blankets with us over the last two years, you guys really are the ‘Soul of Sydney’ & you have made the last few years so memorable for us. We are so blessed to have you all at our jams, and in our lives. Thank you all for the support. we hope we can see you all down there at our 2nd birthday.

★ABOUT KON:
“Those BBE records were just phenomenal. I think (he was) very much ahead of the curve when it comes to just digging that much deeper and ever since all those came out, there’s been a whole heap of new generation compilations – very next level stuff. Where the hell can you get all that music from?! Proper diggers!” – Gilles Peterson

There are only a handful of DJ’s worldwide with a reputation widely acknowledged as being one of the best. Known amongst his peers as the best disco DJ, a detailed crate digger, and an innovative producer with direct access to master tapes only a rare breed of producer’s are able to access, KON remains one of the most respected producer’s responsible for the re-emergence of disco with his innovative re-edits of soul, funk and disco classics. His re-edits have propelled him as one of the most sought after producers across the globe, cementing his authority in the music industry.

Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Kon has built his career spanning over 20 years centred on his first love of crate digging. One half of critically acclaimed Kon & Amir (BBE), whereby together, they introduced rare grooves to a wider audience, Kon’s solo efforts began years prior to the union of Kon & Amir. Crate digging from 1976, DJing from 1985, progressing on to rocking club floors from 1991 till present, his love affair with vinyl and expertise is often called upon by many heavy weights from Kanye West, and Dr. Dre to name but a couple.

Kon’s DJing ability traverses many genres, professing the element of versatility as the key to a successful DJ, naming Spinna, Kenny Dope and Bobbito Garcia as successful DJ’s, due to their versatile sets.

With a new original album released on BBE called “On My Way” available now, the 11 track album features mostly unfamiliar vocalists such Amy Douglas, Georg Levin, with the exception of Ben Westbeech – a name synonymous within the current Soul community. Think sweeping strings, sporadic slap bass, and a multi-dimensional, floor thumping disco revival.

Sydney audiences will hear the rare selection masterminded by Kon as he plays a very special set at SOUL OF SYDNEY 2nd Birthday event on the 17th of November, 2013 – Venue is a secret oasis in the city! KON is a unique visionary, a remarkable DJ with the history of music at his fingertips. Prepare to throw down!

Discount Tickets Available HERE 
$10 – Early Bird (Sold Out) – $15 – 2nd Release (On Sale Now) – $20 – 3rd Release (On Sale Soon)

★Ticket, Venue Info, Mixtapes:
www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty
www.facebook.com/soulofsydneyblockparty
soulofsydney@gmail.com

★ABOUT SOUL OF SYDNEY
Created in November 2009, Soul of Sydney is an independent, artist run collective who are bonded by a love of ‘funk’ based music. Our people include DJ’s, Musicians, Producers, Dancers & Designers who have come together to promote and support the music we love in this city, and the street culture around it.

Soul of Sydney Block Party is our monthly Sunday musical afternoon (12-9pm) feast. Focused on a family orientated get together, DJ’s, Record Collectors, B-boys & B-Girls, and musicians come down to share & enjoy some of the music they love in a completely different environment, outside of bars or clubs.
We have an ‘open decks, open mic & open dance floor’ policy just to keep it personal and give everyone a chance to do their thing where locals can come down as our guests outside of a usual club set.

Music styles generally sit at a safe middle ground of Soul, Funk, Disco and a fair bit of Jazz & golden era hip hop stuff too with artists James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, De La Soul, J Dilla, Stevie Wonder, Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Larry Levan amongst the playlist.

★ Ticket, Venue Info, Mixtapes:
www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty
www.facebook.com/soulofsydneyblockparty

 

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REVIEW: Kon and The Transatlantics at The Basement [21.8.2010]


Thanks to Niche Productions, The Basement hosted a night of great live soul music from Adelaide band The Transatlantics on the 21st of August, later to boogie down to the disco sounds of Kon, one half of Brooklyn based highly esteemed internationally renowned vinyl connoisseurs Kon and Amir.

Adelaide 8 piece The Transatlantics

The night began with live music from the 10 piece band The Transatlantics who are essentially an 8 piece band. Visually, you would expect a thunderous sound with two guitarists, bass player, drummer, trumpeter, trombonist, a baritone saxophonist, vocalist and two backup singers. To my surprise, their sound was incredibly tight  and powerful in a self contained manner.  It wasn’t about ostentatious solo’s or belting out tunes, rather the finer details, accents and the subtle call-and-responses that could have easily  been dismissed as repetitive nuances. I couldn’t help but be transported into a different epoch – the late 50’s and 60’s.  Their sound not only transported me to a different era, but it was like soaking in southern American heat (I used to live in Texas), waiting for the cool change of breeze, when all you could do was play by the river till late in the evening without a damn care – youthful bliss . In other words, their dynamic sound makes you feel carefree!

No doubt you’ll be hearing more of this band leading into summer festivals. Keep a good ear out for them!

And then there was Kon…

The night follwed by a DJ set from Kon of  legendary duo Kon and Amir. Kon’s musical background is deep, knowledgable in multiple genres, with vast expertise in the world of vinyl ‘diggin’ and production. Some claim his DJ sets are an historical musical journey from beginning to present, seamless and rare. It was good to see a crowd had remained to hear Kon’s set albiet increasingly drunk the crowd came to be and not what I had expected Kon’s crowd to attract.  Kon started on shakey ground that evening playing tracks to a room full of music lovers set to hear the DJ play rare disco boogie/soul tracks, instead with difficulty mixing one track into the other, he started off with electro hip hop, to radio disco bangers, dropping tracks that you wouldn’t expect a man with such musical depth and knowledge to drop.

My eyebrows were slightly raised at his musical selection, nonetheless as the night advanced, so did his musical crate and skills. Let’s just say it was a smart move on my part to espouse patience and stay past 1am. It did take him a while to warm up to the crowd, dropping classic tracks like “Candy Girl” by New Edition,  De La Soul’s ‘Me, Myself and I’, Michael Jackson, Four Tops’ “Reach Out”, then flawlessly beat juggling a number of times throughout his set, scratching in between tracks, then finally sticking to rare ghetto disco, to soul and african boogie.

He eased into his role as the boucing musical conductor, orchestrating an unrivalled disco boogie set with a dash of rare soul. This was what I had been waiting for – the commanding conductor. His known reputation as a fierce crate diggin’ aficionado was well put to the test with grooves that took us all to –  yet again, another era. That evening proved that music can make you travel through time. I felt I had traveled through  4 decades of music to come back on the other end in of the present time scale, only wanting more of the nostalgia.

Music was better back then. With the help of DJ’s and producers such as Kon, it’s longevity will remain in the hands of those who have an insatiable hunger to protect it’s genre from becoming extinct, protecting it by means of playing the genre out to the masses, travelling oceans, hand-to-hand, fibre optics and cables to keep the genre alive.

Definitely worth the wait….

Off Track Vol III ” by Kon and Amir is out now through BBE records.

Click play below to give it a listen or find it on mixcloud.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

ARTICLE ON 3D WORLD:

Kon interview press image.

Latin,Funk,Cumbia: Kon & Amir – What The Funk Mix #2 (ParisDJs.com)


Kon and Amir What The Funk Mix Part 2

What The Podcast Part 2, Jan 19th 2010,

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Legendry DJs and crate diggers Kon & Amir (Wax Poetics/BBE) put together this dope latin funk mix for the  What The Funk party. Very summery vibe for this little teaser.

Expect more of the same global funk vibes this Saturday as Kon is playing at The Basment along with The Transatlantics & Sydney’s own Soulshaker DJ’s. More info here

Soul,Funk,Disco: The Transatlantics Album Launch (21st Aug) Feat. Kon (of Kon & Amir) and Soulshakers DJ’s + Ticket Giveaway Info


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Niche Productions presents:

The Transatlantics (Adelaide/Album launch) & KON from the legendary Kon & Amir (BBE/Rapster) with special guests SoulShaker DJsSaturday 21 August @ The Basement

More Info @ Facebook or get tickets here

Niche Productions is proud to present a night of the freshest raw funk and soul, hitting The Basement on Saturday 21 August with Adelaide’s The Transatlantics and vinyl master Kon from the legendary Kon & Amir.

The Transatlantics are one of Adelaide’s finest exports, forming a few years back and taking inspiration from modern soul artists including Sharon Jones and The Daptone family as well as classic soul labels such as Stax, H…i and Motown. Their sound invokes the grainy warmth of southern American Soul and the rhythmic grunt of classic James Brown-era funk.

One of the finest vinyl trawlers on the planet, Kon of Kon & Amir has been in the game since he was 13 years old and begged his grandmother for his first mixer. At this ripe age, Kon began putting his already impressive vinyl collection to work and went on to meet music making partner Amir at Boston’s Biscuithead Records in 1996 while shopping for breaks.

And for the crate diggers, check this clip from Amoeba Music featuring Kon & Amir, discussing a few Soul, Funk and Boogie 12’s in their collection.

Kon & Amir are legendary crate diggers and DJs from New York. In 1997, they released their first On Track mix, a collection of six albums which feature snippets and breaks found in their crate digging sessions. In 2007, they released the first installment in their Off Track series, Off Track Volume 1 – The Bronx (BBE), which features full-length versions of rare Jazz, Latin, world and disco grooves from the ’70s and 80s. They have also released Off Track Volume 2 – Queens (BBE, 2008), Uncle Junior’s Friday Fish Fry: The Cleaning (Uncle Junior, 2004), and The Kings of Diggin’ (Rapster, 2006) featuring DJ Muro from Japan.

Expect some of this @ The Basment: Randolph Baker – Getting Next To You, from Kon & Amir Off Track Vol III: Brooklyn compilation

Also check the 50 Greatest Hip Hop Samples With Kon & Amir @ Complex

The Transatlantics (Adelaide/Album launch) & KON from the legendary Kon & Amir (BBE/Rapster) with special guests SoulShaker DJsSaturday 21 August @ The Basement

More Info @ Facebook or get tickets here

Giveaways: We have a double pass for the first person to shoot us an email at soulofsydney@gmail.com or post their details on our facebook page.

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Soul,Funk,Disco: The Transatlantics Album Launch (21st Aug) Feat. Kon (of Kon & Amir) and Soulshakers DJ's + Ticket Giveaway Info


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Niche Productions presents:

The Transatlantics (Adelaide/Album launch) & KON from the legendary Kon & Amir (BBE/Rapster) with special guests SoulShaker DJsSaturday 21 August @ The Basement

More Info @ Facebook or get tickets here

Niche Productions is proud to present a night of the freshest raw funk and soul, hitting The Basement on Saturday 21 August with Adelaide’s The Transatlantics and vinyl master Kon from the legendary Kon & Amir.

The Transatlantics are one of Adelaide’s finest exports, forming a few years back and taking inspiration from modern soul artists including Sharon Jones and The Daptone family as well as classic soul labels such as Stax, H…i and Motown. Their sound invokes the grainy warmth of southern American Soul and the rhythmic grunt of classic James Brown-era funk.

One of the finest vinyl trawlers on the planet, Kon of Kon & Amir has been in the game since he was 13 years old and begged his grandmother for his first mixer. At this ripe age, Kon began putting his already impressive vinyl collection to work and went on to meet music making partner Amir at Boston’s Biscuithead Records in 1996 while shopping for breaks.

And for the crate diggers, check this clip from Amoeba Music featuring Kon & Amir, discussing a few Soul, Funk and Boogie 12’s in their collection.

Kon & Amir are legendary crate diggers and DJs from New York. In 1997, they released their first On Track mix, a collection of six albums which feature snippets and breaks found in their crate digging sessions. In 2007, they released the first installment in their Off Track series, Off Track Volume 1 – The Bronx (BBE), which features full-length versions of rare Jazz, Latin, world and disco grooves from the ’70s and 80s. They have also released Off Track Volume 2 – Queens (BBE, 2008), Uncle Junior’s Friday Fish Fry: The Cleaning (Uncle Junior, 2004), and The Kings of Diggin’ (Rapster, 2006) featuring DJ Muro from Japan.

Expect some of this @ The Basment: Randolph Baker – Getting Next To You, from Kon & Amir Off Track Vol III: Brooklyn compilation

Also check the 50 Greatest Hip Hop Samples With Kon & Amir @ Complex

The Transatlantics (Adelaide/Album launch) & KON from the legendary Kon & Amir (BBE/Rapster) with special guests SoulShaker DJsSaturday 21 August @ The Basement

More Info @ Facebook or get tickets here

Giveaways: We have a double pass for the first person to shoot us an email at soulofsydney@gmail.com or post their details on our facebook page.

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