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on 30 March 2014
Firstly, if you just happen to be looking for a handy, if rather random, selection of unmixed, DJ friendly tracks released by Strictly Rhythm, this may well fit your bill. But, if you're looking for a nice little introduction to Masters At Work, look elsewhere. Granted, the liner notes state "it's not just about MAW", but it's only when you listen to the discs one after another that you realize it's a rather trying listening experience. You may find yourself skipping through the same good but all to familiar tunes 'Free' by Ultra Nate, 'Jazz It Up' by The Erick Morillo Project, 'The Horn Song' by The Don or Aly-Us' 'Follow Me'.
Many of Kenny and Louie's works a dotted around the 3 discs and lose their power because of this. 'I Get Lifted', for example, is present in two mixes, which are interesting but are followed by Logic's rather more impressive 'Blues For You'. Much of the good stuff is mainly on the last CD, like The 'Little More' Mix of 'Reach', Barbara Tucker's 'Beautiful People' and its partner track 'Deep Inside' by Hardrive, but the MAW tracks are thin on the ground on this 3 disc collection. A single CD would have done the job.
As many are aware, the go-to MAW compilations are The Tenth Anniversary Collection box sets, released as Part One (1990-1995) and Part Two (1996 - 2000), which feature releases from Cutting, Nervous and MAW Records labels as well as Strictly Rhythm. The issue is they're pricey, rare and hard to find, so we're in need for a more available and more affordable collection.
So, Strictly...MAW 3CD set isn't bad if you find it for a few quid/dollars, but no way worth its retail price. Also, although incomplete or featuring annoying edits ('To Be In Love'), Louie Vega: House Masters and Kenny Dope: House Masters are much better summations.
'What A Sensation'? What a disappointment!