Top 20 Masters At Work tracks: Put together by Louie Vega and Kenny Dope,
Exclusively for our Groove Odyssey presents House Legends party.
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1. "The Boss" - The Braxtons
This song is very special as its become a signature track played in Italy and Japan in a big way and had become a sure Maw Classic. Watching crowds sing this entire song out loud at clubs in italy is an experience within itself. Also being able to work with The Braxtons was a pleasure and do much fun. The allstar cast on backgrounds and the Nuyorican Band was the dream team in the studio!
You tube link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FesNKoRBgHA
2. "The Ghetto" - George Benson
George Benson is definitely at the top of favourite artists I've worked with and was a delight in the studio. Musicianship to the 10th power. I remember when I came up with the idea and brought it up to Benson to remake the song. I was playing the live version at clubs and was inspired and heard Benson all over that song! We recorded it and the rest was history! It was amazing too the Benson knew Donni Hathaway as well. We heard wonderful stories from George about those magical days in the studio while we worked.
You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ots5rVK5RFs
3. "Desire" (Maw Dub) Nu Colors
This is a true MAW classic to this day. I heard this at Miami’s WMC this March with David Morales and Frankie Knuckles rockin this track. It's that MAW dub where we borrowed the famous, and one of our favorites, "I'll always love my momma" groove. It fits just perfectly under the Nu colors melody, and the lead singer of Nu Colors is still one of my favourite voices
you tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcQsYascsO0
4. "It's Alright, I Feel It" Nuyorican Soul Feat. Jocelyn Brown
A session I will never forget. Working with Jocelyn Brown had been a dream of mine for years. And we've worked many songs together to this day but this song epitomizes what it's all about. The lyrics written by Jocelyn Brown and Benny Diggs was put together so perfectly and the powerhouse of background singers on that song is one of a kind !
To top it off we were able to work with keyboard extraordinaire Terry Burrus and he did not disappoint with his amazing gospel piano playing! We've always heard Terry's work with Morales and Knuckles on their Def Mix work and loved Terry's piano and organ playing.
You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXUAJDIz_Yw
5. "Shoutin' Out" Lood
This track was a fun night I. The studio with Donnell Rush (RIP). I would hold up signs with djs names while he was singing and singing and shouting out the names. The track was a collaboration with Lem and John of Mood II Swing. We worked together on it. It was actually supposed to be a full song which we still have in the archives called "Perfect Day" lyrics written by Lem Springsteen which Donnell actually Adlibs once in the Shoutin Out song That session was lots of fun!
You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DcfacZ6YH0
6. "I Can't Get No Sleep" Masters At Work Featuring India
One of Masters At Work's biggest classics and one of the first few songs recorded by us at the start of the Maw Saga. Lyrics and lead vocal courtesy of India, the performance on this song had stood the test of time. The song is still heard today 21 years later! This track gave Maw a huge jump to not only creating MAW dubs but now taking it to the next level of producing actual songs on the MAW dub style. Keyboards courtesy of myself and Lem Springsteen, hot beats Kenny Dope!
You tube link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZOFHnSilek
7. "Keep It Coming" Little Louie & Marc Anthony
On this dub we had the honour to work with the genuis pianist Eddie Palmieri. He worked that synthesizer live, and it was a performance in itself seeing him manipulate the sounds and solo-ing in his very unique, one of a kind way. Kenny slammed the beats on this track. You can actually play it today and those beats can stand up to any other tracks and drums today
You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZANk-b-jNA.
8. "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" (Masters At Work Dub) - Saint Etienne
Has to be the number one Masters At Work Dub for me. We took the actual pop song and created this piece which took us to St Etienne’s audience and them to ours. Next thing you know the track was played in all underground and big clubs.
You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYkb2nKnZWE
9. "I Like" (Masters At Work Mix) Shanice
Rnb and house - we took it to another level here and showed how rnb and house can mix!
You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7J_5FsF_U4
10. "Still In Love" (Masters At Work Dub) Melissa Morgan
Todd Terry, Kenny Dope and I together in the studio on a Masters at Work dub. We asked Todd to play the Melissa Morgan vocal samples on a keyboard and he ripped it to shreds! Baseline courtesy of Todd as well and sampling of keyboard sounds and replaying them. The beginning of a magic session with Tony Humphries to join soon on the next Electra Records Remix
You tube link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZr9uCdwKE0.
11. "Canned Heat" (Masters At Work Mix) - Jamiroquai
We've had the pleasure of working on several Jamiroquai sings this being one of my favourites. Sara Devine does a lovely backing vocal track in the vamp
You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHVB1iRqc8E.
12. "Barabaratiri" (Masters At Work Dub) - Gypsymen
Todd Terry classic sampling of a Tito Puente Classic! with a MAW Remix. The rest is history!
You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZhL8KQ_e5c
13. "Song For My Brother" (Maw Mix) - George Benson
When George Benson came in to overdub on the remix he left us all in awe when he scatted, sang and solo-ed. One if my favorite overdub sessions.
You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiFqpdXt3g8
14. "Thank You" (Maw Mix) - Bebe Winans
Bebe Winans did this song in one take! Verses,choruses, adlibs! And the background session with Luther Vandross arranging the backgrounds was like a master class lesson
You tube link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOoe12YY7bI
15. "Getting It Right" (Masters At Work Mix) - Alison Limerick
This track is Maw Funky. Alison's performance was so natural, funky and real! It made it easy for us to sample her voice and create that intro and break! I love this track organ Oooh
You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzoPrg8AGPE
16. "Nights Over Egypt" (Masters At Work Mix) - Incognito
Jocelyn Brown and Maysa on the same track WOW. Two of my favorite vocalists and rockin a classic like nights over Egypt and with a Bluey production. Incognito one of my inspirational bands! We've had a great relationship with Bluey and Incognito thru music and have remixed a few of their wonderful recordings.
You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KNxcByCEkM
17. "The Bounce"/"Moonshine" - KenLou
This is Maw Kenlou At their best! Experimental! Today I hear our DJ friends Luciano in Ibiza to Kerri Chandler playing this to full houses and over 12 years later, a Blessing!
You tube link:(bounce) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN8BtanPp_k (moonshine) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIKK0zBS5SA
18. "Are You Using Me" - Luther Vandross
We are in session with Luther Vandross, Fonzi Thorton, Lisa Fischer, Cindy Mizelle, Paulette McWilliams, Tawatha, this was like going to school and Church at the same time. Luther Vandross (RIP) had us in a trance watching him lead all these amazing singers and creating parts on the spot! Singing every note to every singer then hearing that chord come to life! I will never forget that!
You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FahXjASpImY
19. "The Nervous Track" Nuyorican Soul
The birth of Nuyorican Soul!
You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP0BpXif2sU
20. "You Can Do It Baby" Nuyorican Soul Featuring George Benson
If I had to pick one song and call it my favorite production of the 90s by Maw, and an unforgettable session it would Be this song right here! Cosmic and magical!
You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLIiR-wcNJ0
Groove Odyssey: Masters At Work sees the UK Reunion of Louie Vega and Kenny Dope Gonzalez on 8 decks, 2 mixers, back to back NYC mix action on Sunday June 3rd at Proud 2. Joined by Dajae performing “Don’t You Want My Love”, “Brighter Days” and “U Got Me Up” and many more guest DJ’s, and in the 80’s Soul Room, John Morales also flies in from NYC.
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