Masters at Work

The Tenth Anniversary Collection, Pt. 2: 1996-2000

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The second volume in BBE's massive MAW reissue undertaking concentrates almost completely on post-productions -- for all sorts of divergent artists including Roni Size, Monday Michiru, Daft Punk, Incognito, Ultra Naté, Atmosfear, and Tony Touch. True, there are a few standard tracks -- several by Vega and Gonzalez' Latin side project Nuyorican Soul, the duo's take on Afro-beat ("MAW Expensive," a gorgeous remake of Fela Kuti's "Expensive Shit"), and a cover of Donny Hathaway's blaxploitation nugget "The Ghetto" (recorded with George Benson and including a Barrio-centric second part). Though it lacks the consistent focus and intense historical interest of the first volume, The Tenth Anniversary Collection, Part 2: 1996-2000 is by no means less of a quality project than its predecessor. Also, the booklet includes an extended essay on the beginnings of the duo's Nuyorican Soul project.

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