Our Time Is Coming Import
Founders of the "Nuyorican sound," Masters at Work, a.k.a. "Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez, were the most revolutionary house production team of the '90s, so imitated that their innovations are now clich駸. Latin percussion, joyous vocals, and natural drum beats are MAW trademarks, levitating dance floors with the band's infectious feeling of ecstasy and energy. If ever there was a massive dance floor filler, it was MAW's 1997 record, Nuyorican Soul, and now, Our Time Is Coming. With cameos by Patti Austin, James Ingram, and Stephanie Mills, the album doesn't break new ground. It simply proves that MAW still write/remix great songs that are more organic and soulful than any current house offerings. Highlights include the Afrobeat-tinged "MAW Expensive (A Tribute to Fela)," Mills's gospel fire on "Latin Lover," and Roy Ayers's glorious vibes solo on the title track. Taking credit for saving a WTC life in "Michelle's Message" is totally crass, but MAW handle even that with style. --Ken Micallef
The first 'proper' tune, Like a Butterfly (you send me) sets the tone for the whole album, sexy, uplifting, melodic and inspiring music for the soul. It's said of every great recording/book/movie, but this stuff hits you right in the heart. It is 'house music' but it takes it much, much further.
MAW Expensive, the duo's tribute to Afrobeat's (anti?-)hero Fela Kuti, condenses a good 12 minute Fela workout into a 5 minute... shaker, sweet! Latin Lover sounds fresher than ever, if that's possible and the final track Michelle's Message is a powerfully emotional listen, despite wanting a full, 'music' track when most of it is the woman's almost unbelieveable voicemail message, but in the end it just leaves you wanting more... and more and... making you just reach over and put in back to the begining again. Which is exactly I did on my first listen. Magic.