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Kon begins the thank-yous in the sleeve of his first production album by mentioning his late mother "for taking her lil man to the club every Saturday night back in 1979-80." Anyone familiar with Kon's reputation as a record collector and DJ won't be surprised by that part of the man's childhood, but who could've known that, 30 years after the fact, he'd make an album that emulates that era's disco, funk, and soul? Kon produced all of On My Way and either wrote or co-wrote each song, while a small handful of peers, including vocalists Amy Douglas and Ben Westbeech, help out. Through the fresh neo-boogie of "All Night (Everybody)," as hot as anything laid down by Escort, and the Jones Girls-referencing "She Was a Queen," the album is front-loaded with two of its best tracks. There are other standouts, like the uplifting "Love Shine" and "Blow Me…A Kiss," a lavish fusion of late-'70s disco-funk and late-'80s house with a modern touch. The spacey interludes — "Day Dream" and "Yeah Yeah" in particular — shouldn't be bypassed, either. Kon could probably make a whole album of them and stump scores of sample hounds.


Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Kon witnessed hip-hop's development in New York City, during family trips, as well as in his hometown of Boston. He started collecting records as a youngster and began DJ'ing in the mid-'80s. In 1996, he met up with fellow DJ Amir Abdullah; as Kon & Amir, the duo released several mixes of obscure soul, funk, jazz, and disco, including the self-released On Track series -- based on rare sample sources -- and the BBE-released Off Track series. He co-produced hip-hop tracks for J-Treds, Ripshop, and...
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