DJs Amir Abdullah and Christian “Kon” Taylor have paired up with DJ Muro to turn out a two-disc compilation of vintage dance tracks, “The Kings of Diggin’,” as part of BBE/Rapster’s “Kings of…” series. The collection includes obscure titles like Matthew Larkin Cassell’s “In My Life” and Azymuth’s “Caca A Raposa.”
Kon and Amir have been compiling rare tracks since 1996, after they met in a record store. “I was talking about DJs and mix tapes and stuff and Kon overheard,” Amir says. “Not a lot of people back then were into records.” As their first effort on a shared project, Amir feels this compilation separates itself from compilations he and Kon have put out in the past. “Both Kon and I know Muro because we started off at the same time,” he says. “We used to distribute his mix tapes. We’re kind of like rivals, so it’s kind of funny, but on an individual basis we’re cool. This is the first time we’ve had to split or share something with someone else.”
The record also branches out to new genres for the DJs. “The genre on [our] first compilation was rare boogie. [“Kings of Diggin'”] is not just strictly boogie and disco. It’s Brazilian—I have some Spanish music. Most of the music here isn’t beat heavy. It’s not so much good, danceable music. That really depends on your point of view. But it’s not strict dance music.”
In fact, much of the compilation was dug out of crates in overseas record stores. “A lot of the records on our side are from Brazil or from the Caribbean. Most of the records that Kon or I got were on the East Coast or from overseas,” he says. Amir was particularly impressed with the record stores he found in Europe, and most specifically in Sweden. “I was literally like a little kid in a candy store,” he says. “A lot of [the records found Sweden] I had knew of but hadn’t actually seen in a record store.” (Stephanie Williams)
Kon & Amir/DJ Muro, “The Kings of Diggin’,” BBE Records/Rapster Records, releases July 11.