Masters at Work

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Masters at Work
Also known asMAW
KenLou
Sole Fusion
Nuyorican Soul
OriginNew York, New York, United States
GenresHouse, garage, Nuyorican soul
Years active1990–present
LabelsCutting Records (1993)
MAW Records (1998–present)
Tommy Boy Entertainment
Giant Step/Blue Thumb/GRP/MCA Records
Associated actsIndia
Lil' Mo' Yin Yang
Tony Humphries
Members"Little" Louie Vega
Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez
Past membersTodd Terry

Masters at Work is the American garage house production and remix team of "Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez.[1]

Biography[edit]

They first worked together using the name in 1990. Gonzalez had initially given the name to mutual friend Todd Terry, who recorded several tracks under that name during the 1980s.

The duo has produced music together under the names MAW, KenLou, Sole Fusion, Hardrive, and Nuyorican Soul.[1] The latter moniker came about in 1993, blending their residence in New York City, Puerto Rican heritage, and affinity for soul music.[2] Their Nuyorican Soul project had the duo working extensively with real (as opposed to sampled or synthesized) musicians, in a variety of styles including Latin, disco, jazz, and more. Musicians who took part in this project included Vincent Montana Jr., Roy Ayers, George Benson, Jocelyn Brown, Tito Puente, and members of the Salsoul Orchestra.[1] The self-titled album released under the name Nuyorican Soul in 1996, included original tracks as well as cover versions of songs by the performers with which the duo was working, such as "Sweet Tears" (Roy Ayers), and "Runaway", originally sung by Loleatta Holloway with the Salsoul Orchestra, here sung by India and featuring musicians from the original 1977 recording.

MAW has a history as remixers, having reproduced tracks for various acts both inside and outside the world of dance music. Some of the artists remixed by the two producers include Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson. Madonna, Donna Summer, Aaliyah, Gus Gus, Jody Watley, Jamiroquai, Earth Wind & Fire, Stephanie Mills and Los Amigos Invisibles.[1]

They have been nominated three times for the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.

Charted singles[edit]

As of 2017, Masters at Work singles reached the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart on four occasions.

List of singles as lead artist showing year released and chart position:
Title Year Peak chart position ref
US
"I Can't Get No Sleep"

(featuring India)

1993 1 [3]
"When You Touch Me"

(featuring India)

1994 13
"Work"

(featuring Puppah Nas-T and Denise)

2002 7
"Backfired"

(featuring India)

2002 18

Discography[edit]

DJ Magazine top 100 DJs list[edit]

Year Peak Position Notes Ref.
1997 15 New Entry [4]
1998 14 Up 1
1999 12 Up 2
2000 23 Down 11
2001 34 Down 11
2002 34 No Change
2003 38 Down 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 252. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
  2. ^ "RA: Masters At Workt". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  3. ^ "Masters at Work - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  4. ^ "Top 100 (250) DJ MAG 1997 - 2018 | Top 100 DJ MAG DJS VK Music Музыка 2019 2020". M.vk.com. Retrieved December 15, 2019.

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