Beat heads rejoice, as Kon & Amir's "The Cleaning" is for you. With a beautiful mixture of obscure jazz, funk and soul records, "The Cleaning" exemplifies beat digging at its finest. Amir, who is the A&R at Fat Beats Distribution, and Kon, a renowned DJ in the tri state area, are definitely two of Hip Hop's best kept secrets. With one of the industries most respected names, the duo has worked with some of the industry's elite such as Shady Records, Pete Rock & Diamond D. And as the legendary Lord Finesse puts it "Kon and Amir are one of the most extraordinary but underrated beat diggers in the game". "The Cleaning" is proof of such a statement, as the album is a clinic in crate digging that every Hip Hop head can appreciate.
With a collection of classic and rare songs, some of which go for hundreds of dollars on E-Bay, "The Cleaning" is one funk filled trip down memory lane. From The Hudson People's "Trip To Your Mind" to David Bendeth's "Feel The Real" and Symbol 8's "I Thought You Wanted To Dance", the albums head nodding funk never ends. Kon and Amir do a brilliant job of mixing the entire album flawlessly, making "The Cleaning" one of those rare albums you can put on and just relax to without having to skip from track to track. James Mason's "Sweet Power", Karen Jone's "Here I Go Again" and the sunny west coast sounds of "California" by Leon Ware are more standout cuts that somehow stick out in between the great variety of sounds.
While not everyone will be able to appreciate what "The Cleaning" has to offer, DJ's, beat diggers and old school fanatics will certainly be enthralled by the album. And even if you are not familiar with the material on the album, "The Cleaning" is a great place to start for up and coming producers who want learn about digging and sampling.