The title definitely gets it right – as the team of Kenny Dope and Louie Vega are certainly masters of house – as you'll hear in this overstuffed 4CD set! The package brings together 40 tracks that really span the gamut of the duo's genius – from their important early house records, their crucial remixes of tracks for others, and their groundbreaking work during their second chapter – when the Masters At Work name helped bridge a space between older funk and soul, and the freshest sounds of the 21st Century! There's a huge amount here to love – and titles include "I Like (MAW main mix)" by Shanice, "Our Time Is Coming" by MAW with Roy Ayers, "Buddy X (Masters At Work dub 1)" by Nenah Cherry, "Always There (MAW main mix)" by Incognito with Jocelyn Brown, "I Feel Love (Masters At Work 86th Street mix)" by Donna Summer, "When You Touch Me (MAW re-edit)" by Taana Gardner, "You Can Do It (Nuyorican style mix)" by Nuyorican Soul with George Benson, "Star Chasers (Nu Yorican dub)" by 4Hero, "Let It Go (Ken Lou mix)" by Black Magic, "Ten Percent (Ken Lou mix)" by Double Exposure, "See Line Woman (MAW rmx)" by Nina Simone, "Truth Don Die (Masters At Work house version main)" by Femi Kuti, and lots lots more! CD
Yusuke Hirado (Quasimode) —
Speak ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2015. New Copy ...
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A really beautiful album from Yusuke Hirado – a musician you might know as the pianist in the combo Quasimode, but who steps out here in a whole new range of styles! Hirado plays mostly acoustic piano throughout – and some of the tracks have a straighter jazz vibe that shows off a warmer, more lyrical side of his music than might emerge in the more groove-centric Quasimode – but other tracks also add in some funky elements, too – but in ways that really expand past the core club jazz sound of the other group! Hirado plays a bit of Fender Rhodes on the record, but his piano is maybe the real revelation – especially in the modally-grooving trio numbers, which are especially nice – and the set also features a bit of guest work – including vocals from both Bird and Miyuki Hatekeyama, alto from Motoharu of Soil & Pimp, and backings from the Cradle Orchestra on one track. Titles include an excellent remake of Roy Ayers' "Love Will Bring Us Back Together", plus "Taxi Driver Theme", "I'm In Love", "Against The Invisible Wall", "Love Is A Losing Game", "Down To The South", and "A House Is Not A Home". CD
You know, when Ronny Jordan first showed up on the scene as a new traditionalist funky guitarist, we kind of figured that he'd be a flash in the pan, and wouldn't last that long. However, Ronny surprised us by being a great artist, with a real talent for change, and at the time of this release, he's been on the scene longer than we had him pegged for! The record's a nice mix of funky guitar jazz tunes, a few straight cuts, and some nice tracks cut with famous guest stars. Roy Ayers is featured on a remake of "Mystic Voyage", Mos Def raps on the remix of "A Brighter Day", and DJ Spinna produces and spins on "Mackin". Other tunes include "Aftermath", "Two Worlds", "Mambo Inn", "London Lowdown", and "New Delhi". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)
DJ Cam Quartet —
Diggin ... CD Inflamable/Culture Factory (Japan), 2009. New Copy ...
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DJ Cam's definitely diggin here – going back to the classic sounds that first inspired his music, and finding a great way to play with original musical elements from a range of talents who include Wes Montgomery, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Ayers, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Ronnie Foster, and Tenorio Jr! The music has this style that's familiar, but also quite fresh – a bit like the job that Madlib did mixing up the Blue Note catalog years back – and handled by Cam with a wonderfully lean, clean sound – one that's maybe his best in years! InLove sings vocals on a few tracks, and the rest are instrumental – and titles include "Nebulosa", "Montara", "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", "Boss Guitar", "Little Sunflower", "You've Got To Have Freedom", "Inside My Love", and "Mystic Brew". CD
It's been a few years since we last heard from DJ Kawasaki – but that hasn't dimmed his talents at all, and instead he seems to have gotten even deeper and more soulful over the years! Unlike so many other talents with "DJ" in their name, Kawasaki's a very well-rounded artist with a talent that reminds us of some of the most compelling, collaborative soul talents from years back – a modern day house maestro who's bringing forward the older ethos of 70s giants like Roy Ayers or Wayne Henderson! Like both of those artists, Kawasaki has a wonderful balance between groove and deeper soul elements in his music – beats and basslines that work well on modern dancefloors, but a thoughtful presentation of both the vocals and instrumental passages that's very timeless. All cuts here are either originals by DJ Kawasaki, or remixes – and singers include Latanza Waters, Tasita D'Mour, Sharlene Hector, Jennifer Wallace, and Emi Tawata – on tracks that include "Alone In The Dark", "It's Your World (Root Soul rmx)", "Reach Out", "Love Crash Down", "Come & Get Me (DJK & Makoto rmx)", "Give Me The Night (DJK & Makoto rmx)", and "Feel The Music". CD