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Wicked selector DJ Amir of Kon & Amir (On Track) has launched a new label 180 Proof

180 Proof Mission

  “In the marketplace of reissues, the music is far too often presented in a void: repackaged, reproduced, and redistributed without the advent of any true historical context. And when it comes to the sound of Black American music, the history – the story – is just as important as anything else.

That’s why the goal of 180 Proof Records is to mightily buck this trend, using the sound of the past to weave new stories in Soul, Jazz, and Funk — or in other words, stories that could only be born in the U.S.A.
At the head of 180 Proof is veteran DJ, record collector, and Soul archivist, Amir Abdullah (of renowned duo Kon &Amir). The culmination of a life’s work spent unearthing and preserving America’s over-shadowed records, 180 Proof is Amir’s way to act as a living, breathing conduit for the music, the musicians, and the labels that never got a fair shot. And when you hear what 180 Proof puts down, you’ll have no choice but to sit up, pay attention, and start taking notes.
180 Proof’s mission will begin with Detroit’s enigmatic Strata Inc label (not to be confused with its cousin label, Strata East), a catalog which includes 30 unreleased masters in addition to the label’s 6 official commercial releases. Using the original multi-track tapes, DJ Amir will create proper remixes, restorations and covers from the catalog. In other words, a full scope of sound, a full scope of history. In this way he will create new synergy between the players of the past and the audience of today.
Like a slab of 180-gram vinyl on repeat, 180 Proof Records will bring you the highest grade music, with the best preservation, the best restoration, and the best presentation, again and agian, time after time…”
Peep the sampler of the classic soul sounds of Kenny Cox

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“In 1974, Strata Records Inc. was well known in Detroit for their art gallery, live music venue and record label, turning out records by artists like Kenny Cox and Lyman Woodard. In 2012, nearly 4 decades later, Scion commissioned DJ Amir Abdullah to research and create an exhibit based on lost youth culture in Detroit for a new online museum. Familiar with the history of Strata Inc., Amir decided the best way to define the era was through the lens of the labels brief but potent influence on the city’s culture. Inspired by this project, Amir set out to re-introduce the world to Strata Inc. through his own label, 180 Proof Records. The Lyman Woodard Organization’s Saturday Night Special (1975) is perhaps the jewel of the label, but the LP that was to follow – Cox’s unreleased Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise, is at the same time radical and sublime. It’s a visionary work, inspired by both the innocence and zeal of his 3-year-old son, Philip, and also the culture of Latin America and Caribbean lands Cox admits in the album’s original liner notes that, “oddly enough…I’ve never seen.” The title track, “Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise” is a frolicking bossa groove awash in the gentle sound of waves one can imagine lapping against the shores of Brazil’s Praia da Fazenda, or perhaps the Taipus de Fora. “Samba de Romance” teems with the mischievous tones of two lovers playing not cat and mouse, but cat and cat (!), until the chase ends in a passionate nighttime rendezvous in sultry island air. The pulsating bounce of “Island Song,” with its mood set by Moore’s vibrant flugelhorn and the percussion of Ronald Johnson and Nengue Hernandez, is just about everything one would imagine an island song to be, while “Lost My Love” is really “Feel Like Making Love” in delicious disguise and the album’s close, “Beyond The Dream,” is a 13-minute enlivening, reflective odyssey on everything one has lived, and all that remains to be achieved. This previously unreleased masterpiece by Kenny Cox has been remastered from the original reel to reel masters, along with the artwork, which has been restored and printed ontop Heavy Stock Tip On Gatefold Jackets. This 200 only special limited edition color vinyl will be pressed as 180 Gram numbered Double Vinyl at 45 RPM. Includes extensive liner notes and never seen before photos.”