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Seveli13 Send private message Post 03 Sep 2015, 21:19

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Great choice bro... ;)
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Born in Germany, raised in music
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Great recap and history-lesson for me about the House-Pioneers
Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez and "Little" Louie Vega aka Masters at Work



The Essential Masters at Work According to the DJs They Inspired
September 2, 2015
Josh Baines



It takes a decent sized set of balls to call yourselves Masters at Work. We've not seen them in their boxers or anything, but based on their musical output over the last 25 years or so, it's safe to hazard a guess that Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez and "Little" Louie Vega are packing something more akin to grapefruits than nectarines down there.

It takes even bigger balls to take the name off Todd Terry, but that's what they did. Todd went on to have an incredible career under his own name and Gonzalez and Vega put the hours in and produced the goods. Listening to their expansive, extensive back catalogue is like walking through the Natural History Museum of house. You see entire genres, entire scenes germinating, growing, and flourishing. MAW are house music and house music is the sound of Masters at Work.

From "Deep Inside" to "The Ha Track" to "Lean on Me", Masters at Work have more bangers in the trunk than most. Who else has remixed Madonna, Michael Jackson and Mel B? This month sees the release of House Masters: Masters at Work Volume Two on Defected Records. The four disc set is a serious crate digging affair, going deep, deep inside the MAW archives for a set of loose and louche remixes, originals, and alternate versions. To celebrate that, we asked a few DJs and producers to tell us why they love Masters at Work as much as the rest of us do.

Dimitri From Paris
I would say that the key Masters at Work track for me would be "The Boss" by the Braxtons. With that remix they proved that disco could be recorded in the modern age and still sound pretty close to the real thing. They also enlisted legendary Disco producer Vince Montana Jr. to work on it, which was a huge inspiration and an eye opener for me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBd6Ln209RU


Andy Butler (Hercules & Love Affair)
It was hard to choose one MAW production. Things like "The Ha Dance" and "What a Sensation" "Deep Inside" or the many many amazing India collaborations immediately jumped into my head, but I wanted to have a think before answering, and after thinking about it "Voices in My Mind" by Voices kind of has to be the one. The sound of Michael Watford Carol Sylvan AND India singing their hearts out about freedom was intense for my 16 year old ears and what can I say? It changed things for me. I was on a dance floor finding out who I was, and this record was definitely one of my favourite moments when I went out. Simply bringing these three vocalists together is a testament to the adventurous, bold and highly spirited statements that Kenny and Louis have regularly made when they get into a studio together. And powerful voices requires some powerful production — needless to say this release slams.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pocl24y1IOo


Detroit Swindle
It's hard to choose just one track, cause these guys have pretty much been responsible for creating an entire genre with their catalog. Our favourite is actually not a MAW track, but a Kenlou track, "The Bounce" so that's probably cheating. Still, it's this track, their Kenlou stuff in general and their more experimental stuff that stand the test of time better than the full-on 90s vocal tracks. But anyway, that's not the topic here. Choosing a remix probably wouldn't give them enough credits as original producers, but still, their remix of Loose Joints' "Is It All Over my Face" is too good not to mention. So as far as originals go, which one to choose? "The Nervous Track"? That one's kind of a curveball release with its broken beat for Nervous, but a great track nonetheless. Or "Work"? A full body tribal workout that's just super-fun. If we really have to choose, we'd probably have to go for a track together with India, cause it's the combo between the MAW beats and her amazing voice that have really shaped their sound in the 90's. So here you go: "When You Touch Me". A classic garage track and probably as much of an inspiration for producers now as back when it first came out.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEfMQZVtC_0


DJ Sneak
When I think of the best MAW music, I'd say that from all the tracks they've released it would have to be the entire Nuyorican Soul album, it is in my opinion, their masterpiece. This album broke grounds, merged styles, joined musicians to create an amazing 'Picasso' of a house record. Every song was a fucking bomb and being Puerto Rican I was very proud to have Latinos in the spotlight for their great work. I still remember their Nuyorican Soul Party at WMC in Miami... that was a party: Cuban cigars, Puerto Rican food, partying around a pool with great weather and solid music. Thank you Louie & Kenny, you really are masters at work.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yaGFMG6rMY


Sonny Fodera and Purple Disco Machine
Sonny Fodera: My favourite MAW track is "To Be In Love", I just love the vocals and — it's soooo smooth. I first heard it at the Electric Circus nightclub in Australia about 6 years ago and defiantly brings back some great memories.

Purple Disco Machine: I bought my first Masters at Work record when I was 19, back in 1999. It was "To Be in Love". After that I fell totally in love with house and this track was one of the driving forces behind that. India's sweet, soulful vocal works perfectly with the smoothed out house beat. Even now it's one of my MAW essentials.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJWFa9Tkq1U


Radio Slave
I'm such a fan of both Louie and Kenny and probably have well over 100 MAW records in my collection including box sets, 7", remixes and of course their own productions and it's impossible to pick just one so here's two that are in my record box right now. The first is a dub mix of the Tony Touch single 'I Wonder Why' from 2000. It's a great record for the Panorama Bar and has all the trademark sounds of MAW. It's got that party vibe but still deep and moody and it kicks every time. The other record is KenLou's 'Bounce'. I love this record and it's just perfect for me. Super good stripped back house music and this 12" has never left my record box for last 24 years and I love it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsZpIatKHPs


Derrick Carter
My essential MAW cut is definitely their mix of "Thrill Me" by Simply Red. I managed to grab a promo on a trip to London during the early '90s and it (along with my TTD vs MK) was a secret weapon for the longest time. I STILL play it out and it STILL works.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnLuVUitpmg


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adrigarhouse Send private message Post 07 Sep 2015, 20:23

Seveli13 wrote:
Great choice bro... ;)
Thank you Seveli! That tune is old but fuckin' gold.
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Didas Send private message Post 25 Sep 2015, 10:34

"When I'm making music I try to create something that is different... something that makes my ears happy.."
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hrvoje42 Send private message Post 13 Oct 2015, 08:30

Why did I only now find out about this?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE6QTovLDJQ
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Didas Send private message Post 13 Oct 2015, 10:51

hrvoje42 wrote:Why did I only now find out about this?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE6QTovLDJQ

WUT?

:shock: SRY BRO BUT WTH?
for ME one of the best remixes Ax has ever done in his career. top 3

but well.. you're still on time to hear it. I think this will be your best rediscover, EVER
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Rozay Send private message Post 13 Oct 2015, 11:05

hrvoje42 wrote:Why did I only now find out about this?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE6QTovLDJQ
Ax best remix of all time along i shall overcome
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hrvoje42 Send private message Post 14 Oct 2015, 05:32

Didas wrote:
hrvoje42 wrote:Why did I only now find out about this?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE6QTovLDJQ

WUT?

:shock: SRY BRO BUT WTH?
for ME one of the best remixes Ax has ever done in his career. top 3

but well.. you're still on time to hear it. I think this will be your best rediscover, EVER
Strange, but I never heard it or at least never noticed how awesome it is
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HedgehogPT Send private message Post 14 Oct 2015, 22:43

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hedz Send private message helderdiniz Post 17 Oct 2015, 13:20

hrvoje42 wrote:Why did I only now find out about this?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE6QTovLDJQ
You're in for a treat then, because to me, that's Axwell's best remix.