Recently I've been cultivating a massive Masters At Work obsession.
Kenny 'Dope' Gonzalez and 'Little' Louie Vega have been making music as a duo since the late 80s. They came on the scene just a few years after Frankie Knuckles, Marshall Jefferson et al had started using machines to transform disco records into the dance floor fodder we know as house music today - but crucially MAW introduced a host of South American flavoured, organic textures to compliment their peer's drum machine led sound.
The thing that really gets me about MAW productions is their impeccable rhythm sections. Every track has wonderful drum sounds that - with the exception of some of their darker, more club focussed tracks - sound like they've been played by a full percussion section. Basslines, meanwhile, meander around them with a rubbery dexterity that surpasses the musical ability of other house music producers.
Although predominantly a disco night, here at Love Come Down we're also very interested in the intersection between disco and house - two genres that remain intrinsically linked today. Much of Masters At Work's output straddles that divide perfectly, so here's few of our choice pick MAW productions to get you into the vibe before our Halloween party next month (and yes, there is a Simply Red (!) remix in there, but don't be put off by that, it's amazing):
Masters At Work 'When You Touch Me' (M.A.W. Remix)
Simply Red 'Thrill Me' (Masters At Work House Mix)
Masters At Work feat. India 'Backfired' (M.A.W. Main Mix)
Masters At Work feat. India 'To Be In Love' (M.A.W. Mix)
Black Masses 'Wonderful Person' (M.A.W. Vocal Mix)