Defected Presents House Masters - Masters At Work Box set
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There are few names in dance music today which need less of an introduction than Masters At Work. The duo of Louie Vega and Kenny 'Dope' Gonzalez have forged a reputation for genre-eschewing DJ sets and flawless house production during careers which have spanned decades and seen hundreds of releases and remixes. Their influence and reach changed house forever. Taking the song-writing ability of Vega and fusing it with Gonzalez's encyclopaedic knowledge of breaks and hip-hop, the pair created a smooth-yet-underground sound that is still being copied and referenced by producers today.
Now, for only the second time in their 25 year partnership, they're putting together a “Best Of” collection for Defected Records, the home of some of one of their biggest ever releases, the 1999 hit ‘To Be In Love’.
The timing couldn't be more apt during a period which is being dominated by 'deep house', a genre MAW were at the forefront of when it first emerged in the mid-90s. But to tie them to one sound would be far too simplistic. Masters At Work have always operated according to their own rules and their own sound. Whether it's the sampling techniques of hip-hop, the swing of Latin styles or the soulful euphoria of house – they've always added their own special ingredients, which is what makes Masters At Work genuine dance music legends
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That Masters At Work are one of the major names in dance music is undeniable, though for me personally, MAW would completely have passed under my radar but for Kenny Dope's contributions to New York's Nu Groove record label under his Powerhouse alias (see Nu Groove LP - Nu Groove - 25 West 38th - Network Records). Thereafter Gonzalez and Vega became superstars. Largely they retained artistic integrity though they undoubtedly took cash for remixes they probably shouldn't have bothered with - as the late Frankie Knuckles once pointed out so dismissively in the "Dancing in the Street" documentary with his comment about their remix of Julio Iglesias: "I'm sorry, I don't see Julio Iglesias in here [my club]".
Whilst the duo may not have lived up to Frankie's high standards all the time, Masters At Work were nevertheless responsible for some amazing tracks: on this compilation, and worth the price of the album alone, are "The Nervous Track" by NuYorican Soul, as well as their remixes of Saint Etienne's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and Brand New Heavies' "Close to You".Read more ›
However - no sleeve notes? Big oversight.
Lovely package and selections otherwise.