• Mad Styles and Crazy Visions 2 – Compiled & Mixed by Louie Vega


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    There are few labels who will get the opportunity to work extensively with the most dynamic remixers, DJ's and producers of this decade. BBE seems to keep coming up trumps. Grammy Award Winner Louie Vega has been on top of the DJ game for over 2 decades. He gained further notoriety as part of the collective known as ‘Masters At Work’ with Kenny Gonzalez form a formidable partnership reminiscent of the greatest producers of yesteryear. Quincy did it with Chaka Khan, James Ingram, Al Jarreau and The Brothers Johnson, while Gamble and Huff did it with Archie Bell and The Drells, Harold Melvin and The Bluenotes, Teddy Pendergrass and MFSB. Masters At Work has produced records for George Benson, Tito Puente, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Simply Red and Marc Anthony (a small list of the artists they have worked with, we suggest you check out their anniversary albums on BBE for a more comprehensive list). What is the connection? Their versatility. ‘Louie Vega’s early years revolved around a series of events and relationships that compelled him to assume the role of musical alchemist. Louie grew up in an environment where Latin music was as common as bread and water, and the sound of the emerging New York underground was always within earshot. Being too young to visit club’s with his older sisters Vega tapped into the roller disco scene in 1979 – “That’s when I first heard ‘Good Times’” he remembers, He also tapped into the local Hip Hop scene. His first visit to the Paradise Garage in 1980 sealed Louie’s destiny as a music maker – ‘I just stood there in awe watching Larry Levan work the sound system and play tracks I’ve never heard so powerful’ Louie Vega remembers.

    This compilation has been put together to highlight the fact that the high-energy dance music that graced dance floors throughout the seventies and eighties is very much relevant today. The nerds amongst you will be surprised, as we were, to discover the intricate levels of filtering and phasing that went into Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs In The Key of Life’ LP, and there is a recognizable strand of today’s disco influenced dance producers applying the trickery of pioneers such as Larry Levan, Arthur Baker and Patrick Adams. Full marks if you acquire this album - not only for supporting the movement but also for acknowledging the great fusion that disco was and still is. With sprinklings of African, Latin, jazz, funk and electro pop rhythms the production today is tighter in some instances but still breathy, sexy, up tempo and ultimately for the sweaty dance floor. Whilst Louie circles the globe spreading his musical message, this compilation manages to capture some of the magic he brings to the various dancefloors.

    Tracklist: CD 1 mixed by Louie Vega 01. Basement Jaxx - Day Of The Sunflowers (We March On) (feat. Yoko Ono) 02. Dennis Ferrer - Red Room 03. Anané - Plastic People (ADRS Mix) 04. Todd Terry - I'm Your DJ (feat. Cassio Ware)(Tee's InHouse Mix) 05. Loco Dice - Pimp Jackson Is Talkin' Now!!! (Loco Dice Mix) 06. Reboot - Shunyata 07. Butch - No Worries 08. Marlon D - U.C. Anthem (Charles Webster Main Mix) 09. Boddhi Satva - Who Am I (feat. Athenai & C. Robert Walker) (c2 Version Mix) 10. Dj Koze - I Want To Sleep 11. Agev Munsen - Gotta Get With You (feat. Cassio Ware) ( Ancestral Mix) 12. Marc Romboy vs. Blake Baxter - Muzik (Kink Mix) 13. Agev Munsen & Roland Clark – The Thing About Deep (Can Drum) (Instrumental) 14. Timmy Regisford - At The Club (feat. Lynn Lockamy) (Timmy Regisford & Adam Rios Organ and Vocal Mix) 15. Peven Everett - Burning Hot (Timmy Regisford & Adam Rios Remix) 16. Elements of Life - Love Will Know (feat. Lisa Fischer ) (DJ Spen & Karizma Remix) 17. Adam Rios & Ruben Toro Pres. Temple Movement - Sunday Sessions 18. Rocco & C. Robert Walker - I Love The Night 19. Robert Strauss - Level 52 (feat. Richie Henessey & Chris Rouse) (Strauss' Broadway Mix) 20. Peven Everett - Inspiration (Timmy Regisford & Adam Rios Remix)

    CD 2 mixed by Louie Vega 01. Black Coffee - We Are One (feat. Hugh Masekela) (Louie Vega EOL Mix) 02. Phil Asher – Textya (Chachalekpafun) (feat. SPRY) (Lost Heroes Revision (Congo Afrotech Version 1)) 03. Boddhi Satva Pres. Mangala Camara - Wilile ( Antonello Coghe & Rancido Remix) 04. Paul Deep - Alafia (Feat. Sheyi) (Alpha & Olmega’s Ethnic Vocal Mix) 05. Jihad Muhammad - Roho Yangu (Jihad's Movement Mix) 06. Ian Friday - Found Myself (feat. Chris Rob) (Lovestar Remix) 07. Eric Kupper - Bloom 08. Papo Sanchez - Guaganco (Terry Hunter Remix) 09. Luis Radio & Raffa Scoccia - Organismo 10. Anané - Terra Longe (Antonello Coghe & Filipe Narciso Remix) 11. Lou Gorbea & Chris Perez - Babalu Aye Y Yemaya (feat. Nina)(Lou2Chris Mix) 12. Black Coffee - Superman (feat. Bucie) (Club Mix) 13. Boddhi Satva - Stop Jealousy (feat. Ze Pequino) (Culeo De Song’s Kamnguni Remix) 14. Professor – Imoto (feat. Charactor) 15. Nitin - Silent Scales (Yoruba Soul Mix) 16. Aero Manyelo - Masiku (feat. Ernest) (Antonello Coghe & Filipe Narciso No Organ Mix) 17. Professor - Jezebel (feat. Oskido) 18. DJ Gregory & Gregor Salto - Canoa 19. Pawel - Panamerican (Yoruba Soul Mix) 20. jOHNNYDANGEROUs presents Juan Hoerni - Larry Classic 21. Josh Milan - Your Body (Dance Ritual Dub) 22. Ariel Figueroa - Baba Zulu 23. Boddhi Satva & Louie Vega - Life Is A Lesson (feat. Vivian K.) (Louie Vega Mix)

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