Sometimes a DJ’s edit are so good that they trump the OG. More often this happens with disco edits since the best parts are reworked and the cliché filler is gradually thinned out. But there are a selected few that have become Edit masters and Kon (of Kon & Amir fame) is part of that elite group of DJs who will take a forgotten gem and bring it back to its deserved glory on dancefloors everywhere.
Indeed the NYC DJ and legendary cratedigger has been dropping exclusive edits all over his sets leaving record heads begging for official releases (his Firebolts edit comes to mind). Well Kon has topped himself with the recent Cerrone – Hooked on You edit which he premiered on the now defunct BBC Radio 1 Gilles Peterson show (which has since moved on to Radio 6 and is as dope as ever). When Kon let me know that a special edition marble viny edition was coming out on Basic Fingers records, I checked the web everyday just waiting to get my pre-order in. I am glad I did because it sold out a day after its release! (thanfully a 2nd run black vinyl will be released soon) But I got my copy and I will be cherishing it for years to come.
What Kon did is really create the perfect 12’’ by adding an incredible transition friendly brazilian percussion intro and totally transforming the original song by focusing on the killer bassline and perfectly layering the chorus and horns. When only a (poorly recorded) radio rip was available via youtube I would still listen to it a lot and the outrageous Cerrone LP cover caught my eye. What was surprise that when digging for west-african records in Dakar while visiting my family I fell on a full run of Cerrone records and was able to go deeper into the man’s catalogue. The french drummer and disco producer’s claim to fame was his attention to production quality and epic melodic imprint and I feel Kon truly highlighted these factors with his edit and this song will remain a lasting tribute to an often overlooked pioneer.