Ahead of their first performance as a duo at Ministry of Sound since 2008, we take you on a journey through the tracks that shaped one of house music's most famous duos
Masters at Work is the house-garage production and remix team of 'Little' Louie Vega and Kenny 'Dope' Gonzalez. They first worked together under the MAW moniker - which had been given to them by mutual friend Todd Terry - in 1990.
The two native New Yorkers have amassed an overwhelming body of work in their time; including hundreds of original productions, remixes and side projects that have redefined club culture.
Vega and Gonzalez defiantly mix everything they can find – house, hip-hop, funk, disco, latin, African and jazz, all into one universal groove. So come with us now as we revisit the tracks that made the Masters At Work.
Masters At Work - "Blood Vibes"
Released on Cutting Records in 1991 as a double A side with "The Ha Dance", this laidback, Caribbean jam sounds pretty far removed from the more 4/4 house sound their later records would be associated with, but the signature production values and firm focus on groove are already present.
Masters At Work Feat. India - "I Can't Get No Sleep"
Masters At Work Feat. India - "To Be In Love"
In 2001 the reigning queen of R'n'B tragically passed away and as a tribute a number of music's best and brightest remixed and covered her original material. This dancefloor-focused MAW remix of her biggest song, "More Than A Woman" (which was originally produced by MAW) is both a tribute to one of the best female vocalists in living memory and a demonstration of the duo's considerable remixing skill.
Masters At Work - "Work"
It's nearly impossible to throw on 2001's Soca-influenced "Work," featuring Puppah Nas-T and vocals by Denise and casually bob your head – this is a full-body experience!
St. Etienne - "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" (Masters At Work Dub)
Master at Work are also known for their remixes, often adding a bass line and some minimal keys. However other times, their remixes are total re-imaginations of the songs, as was the case with Saint Etienne's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart".
22 Jul 2014