House music’s greatest hit-makers?
Quite possibly. Since the end of the 1980s, Kenny Dope and Louie Vega – given the Masters at Work name, so the story goes, by Todd Terry – have been releasing house and garage anthems with unbelievable regularity. There’s ‘The Ha Dance’ – the track that gave ballroom its trademark Ha crash. There’s ‘Work’, one of the most remixed and sampled tracks in dance music history. There’s ‘To Be In Love’, one of the most perfect synergies of dance music and pop music ever made – and these are just the tip of the MAW iceberg, we’ve not even started on solo hits like Kenny Dope’s ‘The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)’ and ‘No Hook’, and side gigs like Kenlou.
You get the picture: these two could play nothing but their own material for two hours and still not even scratch the surface of their vast, influential and – most importantly – ridiculously fun discography. But ahead of a rare London show at Found’s 51st State Festival (where they’ll be joined by fellow vets Derrick Carter, Dennis Ferrer, David Morales and many more), we asked them to try. This is Masters at Work in the mix for FACT – sometimes all you need is what it says on the tin.
51st State takes place on Saturday August 8 in London’s Trent Park, and may feature more house and garage royalty than any UK festival in history. For more information, head here. Masters at Work will also be headlining the festival’s official after-party at Koko.