Masters At Work Relaunch Legendary Label Ahead Of Hacienda Debut

Thu 15th Apr


New York's house music pioneers Masters At Work, comprised of "Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez, have relaunched their legendary label MAW Records. Responsible for some of the most iconic house tracks ever produced, the influential imprint has helped define the house sound across the '90s and '00s. The huge announcement comes with a brand new release form the seminal duo titled 'Mattel'. Bouncing basslines, heavy stabs and a frenzied percussion solo, the masters are back at work and we are all ears.

Returning to London for their first club show in over 6 years, the pioneering pair will headline FAC 51: The Haçienda's debut at London's Grade 1 listed warehouse space, Tobacco Dock, next Easter Good Friday, 15th April. With less than 100 first release tickets remaining, buying early is recommended to secure your place. Click here to purchase tickets.


The Return Of MAW Records



One from The Bronx, the other from Brooklyn, “Little” Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez are two New Yorkers that have shaped the house music landscape. Widely regarded as the most revolutionary house production team in history, their legacy is one of innovative trailblazers. Having helped define much of the house sound of the '90s and '00s, Masters At Work are back to usher in a new decade in dance music. 

To celebrate the relaunch of MAW Records, the humongous back catalog has been made digitally available for the first time. Available via Soundplate, the collection includes remastered MAW classics like “Voices In My Mind” by Voices, “Bangin’ Early Theme” by KenLou and “Like A Butterfly (You Send Me)” by MAW featuring Patti Austin. Among the 60 new entries there are a 5 unreleased tracks, reworks and cratedigging rarities, allowing audiences both old and new to rediscover and explore the complete catalog, whilst getting a taste of what's to come with the first MAW release in 20 years.

Dipping into the past to bring us into the future, Masters At Work picked up exactly where they left off with a modern timeless classic. 'Mattel', named after the Mattel Synsonics drum synthesiser of the 1980’s which the duo have used for some of their biggest hits, delivers a drum-driven masterclass in peaktime groove.

With Louie Vega exceling on the baseline and stabs, the track swings and bounces it's way into a frenzied percussion solo played in live by Kenny Dope to complete a reunion two decades in the making. A meeting of two of the greatest electronic music minds ever, the track sets the tone for a huge year ahead as we get set to welcome the pair to the UK for their first club appearance in over 6 years, headlining The Haçienda's debut at Tobacco Dock next Easter, Good Friday, 15th April.

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Beatport Artists Of The Month



The New York duo's return has prompted much excitement, with Masters At Work being named the Artists Of The Month for April by Beatport. Whilst exploring their mixed cultural roots in the city that has given music so many greats throughout the years, the article outlines their importance to the growth and stability of house music through groundbreaking remixes and genre-bending aliases. Speaking to Harold Heath for the piece, the pair are bringing the same world beating attitude in a return that promises to be exhilarating in both it's scope and  success. Click here to read more.

FAC51: Haçienda Debut At Tobacco Dock



What better way for the fabled duo to return than with a double debut in the Capital. While MAW were the kings of house in New York, The Haçienda ruled the party space in Manchester. A collision course 4 decades in the making, LWE are proud to finally bring these juggernauts together under one umbrella as part of The Haçienda’s debut at London's celebrated Tobacco Dock. A venue that is now holding the torch that was once so brilliantly lit by the illustrious Manchester nightclub, the momentous outing on 15th April will be a true fireworks display beginning The Haçienda’s incredible 40th year anniversary celebrations.

Recently voted as one of the UK’s top historic sites, The Haçienda’s reputation as the genesis of the ‘Madchester’ rave days means it holds a legacy like none other. To commemorate the rich history of the club, FAC51 will be hosting a remarkable all day party that hosts some of the biggest house and techno names today. Reviving three legendary nights from the club that kickstarted the house revolution in the UK, the infamous east London warehouse will be pulsating with sounds that have come to define a generation.

The one off showcase will see the Dock travel back in time, with the Great Gallery transformed into Mike Pickering's groundbreaking Nude, The Car Park reliving Jon Dasilva's Hot and the Terrace celebrating the 30th anniversary of Flesh, a pioneering LGBT party that has only become more relevant in today’s society. 


Win Tickets To Haçienda Classiçal At Printworks


Ahead of the big Easter blowout under the rafters of the converted docking site, we are giving you a chance to win tickets to The Haçienda Classiçal show at Printworks, a night celebrating the institution's long-standing influence on dance music.

Combining the Manchester Camerata Orchestra‘s renditions of cult classic with a nostalgic set from Graeme Park, the party is a nod to the musical excellence of the club, the artists who played it's hedonistic parties and the atmosphere so loved by the early ravers. Acting as a perfect bridge to the Easter showcase at Tobacco Dock, the outing will reimagine dance music classics and club favourites from the legendary party.

Click here to sign up for a chance to win tickets to the The Haçienda Classiçal show at Printworks.