At the next Defected In The House event here at Ministry of Sound on 8th February, the legendary Kenny Dope headlines, bringing a taste of US magic to London’s most iconic club.
While the reduction in barriers to music production have allowed artists to remain ever more faceless over the last few years, house music used to be all about big names and big personalities, and neither are much bigger than Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez. Whether it’s his pioneering work as one half of Masters at Work and Nuyorican Soul, or solo endeavours as Mass Destruction, Kenny’s beats take some serious beating and his hands-on, unpredictable sets still bear the hallmarks of his musical origins as a hip-hop DJ.
Ahead of his appearance, we talk you through five of the records with which he made his name...
Nurorican Soul – The Nervous Track
A stone-cold classic and one that – more than 20 years after its initial release – sounds every bit as fresh, exciting and unique as it did when it was originally released. Occupying the often hazardous space between house, funk and jazz, The Nervous Track painstakingly blended elements from all three genres and beyond to create a record that discloses new joys with every listen. Dope and Louie Vega’s Nuyorican Soul project was all about fusion; gelling what were seen as disparate sounds and techniques, and The Nervous Track was arguably their crowning glory.
Head over to the Defected site to see the rest of the records and read the full article.