Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez and Louie Vega take us into the heart of Nuyorican Soul.
It wouldn't be controversial to call Masters At Work the most influential pairing in the history of house. Soaking up the wealth of dance music coming out of New York in the 1980s, they emerged at the turn of the '90s with a wildly funky sound that seemed to distill the city's disparate styles. Their hits are numerous, from their countless dub remixes to the ubiquitous "Nervous Track" under their guise Nuyorican Soul. But their combined effect on today's musical landscape, whether in New York or well beyond the tri-state area, is palpable. Mid '90s UK DJs speeding up Masters At Work tunes helped spawn speed garage, for example, which left an indelible mark on that country's dance music scene. As selectors at some of New York's key '90s clubs, proprietors of one of house music's legendary recording studios and fastidious record collectors, we knew they'd have stories to tell. So on the eve of releasing a mammoth four-disc House Masters compilation for Defected, Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez and Louie Vega visited our London headquarters to record this extended interview with Stephen Titmus.