Review: Here's something significant: the first new single from legendary New York house duo Masters at Work since the mid 2000s. The good news is that Kenny 'Dope' Gonzalez and Little Louis Vega have not lost their touch after all these years, with 'Mattel' delivering a killer combination of bouncy, 'Nuyorican' house drums (programmed to perfection by MPC master Gonzalez), spooky late-night synth-string stabs, hazy early morning motifs and bleeping electronics. It's perhaps a little moodier than we may have expected, but that's no criticism. The accompanying 'KenLou Dub' is even more of a cosmic, percussive and atmospheric peak-time treat, while the 'Beats' version is terrific for DJs who like to play around with percussion. It's great to have them back!
Review: Defected's ongoing House Masters series should be essential listening for anyone keen to discover more about the recording careers of some of the scene's most iconic producers. Certainly, this latest installment, chronicling NYC legend Todd Terry's finest moments, contains far more hits than misses. At 35 tracks deep, it's a bit of a beast, but features not only all of his best-known productions ("Weekend", "Can You Party", "I'll House You", "Bango (To The Batmobile)", his remix of Everything But The Girl's "Missing"), but also a swathe of lesser-known remixes (A slammin' version of Bizarre Inc's "I'm Gonna Get You"), Dubs (a brilliantly stripped-back version of Hardrive's "Voices Inside My House") and original productions (the hip-house era madness of Black Riot's "Warlock").