Starring...XXVIII
  • Genre:Dance
  • Released:07/03/2016
  • Label:Vega Records
  • Price:$64.95
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Starring...XXVIII

Louie Vega


Introducing the first ever solo album from Louie Vega, a godfather of global dance music and a living legend in the house music scene. A Grammy remix award winner in 2006 and a 4-time nominee, it's difficult to overestimate his importance to dance music. As one half of Masters At Work, formed in 1991 with Kenny 'Dope' Gonzalez, the duo were responsible for the critically acclaimed albums Nuyorican Soul and Masters At Work: Our Time is Coming.

Masters At Work also found the time to remix and/or produce for Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Jamiroquai, Tito Puente, India, Janet Jackson, Tania Maria, George Benson, Black Eyed Peas, Jocelyn Brown, Los Amigos Invisibles, Bebe Winans, and Earth Wind & Fire. One of the best living house music DJ's, Louie Vega has demonstrated an ability to evolve alongside the times, distill the current musical landscape through his unique taste, and put his own timeless spin on it. With this album he delivers 28 timeless classics, starring 25 artists, by bringing together the diverse genres of house, funk, latin, soul, and gospel. Listeners can expect notes of Afro & Latin, and pure house infused with funk, gospel, Caribbean, jazz, R&B, and soul. All the ingredients for a truly global party! Followers of his illustrious career will find the album unveils a completely new side of the legendary artist; that of a sound chemist.

Louie explains, My inspirations came from various visits around the world and experiences in life. As far as the sounds on the album, I revisited lots of R&B, soul, gospel, nu jazz, even some disco, all within the backdrop of house music, and took it back to the artist and song tailoring. The album came together naturally, it was a growing process. It was like planting a tree, each branch represented an artist, a sound, a groove. The entire process happened within a few years. It started with a few songs and then this past year, I was in a creative state and the music happened back to back. As I traveled and toured, I met artists on the road and would record with them a few weeks later. The experience with the artists on the album was magical; they are all so talented and very unique and have their own special quality. Vega is in esteemed company on this album, with a seasoned group of collaborators imparting their magic for this special project. The starring artists include: Funkadelic and George Clinton, The 3 Winans Brothers and The Clark Sisters, Jocelyn Brown, Nick Monaco and Soul Clap, N'Dea Davenport, Lisa Fischer, Cindy Mizelle, Anane Vega, Monique Bingham, Caron Wheeler (of Soul II Soul), Josh Milan, Bucie, Tony Momrelle, Kaylow, Vikter Duplaix, Cassio Ware, Adeva, Covertion and Leroy Burgess, Kenny Bobien, Zara McFarlane, Luis Salinas, Roberto Roena, Diviniti, and Byron Stingily.

Louie Vega's latest album, Louie Vega Starring... is a dualdisc conceptual record featuring over twenty-five artists on twenty-eight different songs. The record is Louie Vega’s first solo album ever and a contender for his magnum opus. Vega is in esteemed company, with a seasoned group of collaborators imparting their magic for this special project including; Funkadelic & George Clinton; The 3 Winans Brothers and The Clark Sisters; Jocelyn Brown; Nick Monaco & Soul Clap; N'Dea Davenport; Lisa Fischer; Cindy Mizelle; Anane Vega; Monique Bingham; Caron Wheeler (Soul II Soul); Josh Milan; Bucie; Tony Momrelle; Kaylow; Vikter Duplaix; Cassio Ware; Adeva, Covertion & Leroy Burgess; Kenny Bobienl; Zara McFarlane; Luis Salinas; Roberto Roena; Diviniti; and Byron Stingily.

By bringing together the diverse genres of house, funk, latin soul and gospel, Louie Vega has created a record filled with positive vibes. Like a fine bottle of wine, the album’s ingredients and their interactions with each other come to the light upon pressing play. Listeners can expect notes of Afro & Latin and pure house infused with funk, gospel, Caribbean, jazz, r&b, soul. All the ingredients for a truly global party.

Each song is uniquely crafted to represent a different emotion, energy or experience. Their melange with Louie Vega’s timeless music production is the album’s true treat, “Today’s listener wants to feel good and that’s exactly what our songs and tracks do. We celebrate the gift of love, art and music,” adds Vega. Followers of his illustrious career will find the album unveils a completely new side of the legendary artist? that of a sound chemist. Louie explains, “My inspirations came from various visits around the world and experiences in life. As far as the album’s sounds, I revisited lots of R&B, soul, gospel, nu jazz, even some disco, all within the backdrop of house music, took it back to the artist and song tailoring” .

Describing his artistic process, “The album came together naturally, it was a growing process. It was like planting a tree, each branch represented an artist, a sound, a groove. The entire process happened within a few years. It started with a few songs and then this past year, I was in a creative state and the music happened back to back. As I travelled and toured, I met artists on the road and would record with them a few weeks later. The experience with the artists on the album was magical? they are all so talented and very unique and have their own special quality.”

The delivered sampling of featured artists on Louie Vega Starring… is one for the record books and a must for any music aficionado as Louie explains, “This body of work is a masterpiece that will be party of my legacy. I see it up there on the same high shelf with albums like Nuyorican Soul, Elements of Life, and Masters at Work.”

 

UK Import 

 


Track Listing

  • Ain't That Funkin Kinda Hard On You? (starring Funakdelic) 
  • Dance (starring 3 Winans Brothers featring The Clark Sisters) 
  • Elevator (Going Up) (starring Monique Bingham) 
  • Angels Are Watching Me (starring Bucie) 
  • A New Day (starring Caron Wheeler) 
  • Magical Ride (Wave Of Love) (starring N'Dea Davenport) 
  • Gift Of Love (starring Tony Momrelle) 
  • Heaven Knows (starring Anane Vega) 
  • Can We Keep This Going (starring Kaylow) 
  • Gimme Some Love (starring Vikter Duplaix) 
  • Just The Way I Like It (starring Cassio Ware) 
  • See Some Light (starring Nick Monaco & Soul Clap) 
  • I Deserve to Breathe (starring Adeva) 
  • Let's Do It (Dance Ritual Mix) (starring Leroy Burgess & Convertion)  
  • You Are Everything (starring Jocelyn Brown) 
  • Together We Can (starring Kenny Bobien) 
  • Joy Inside My Tears (starring Josh Milan) 
  • Because We Love It (starring Zara McFarlane) 
  • Turned Onto You (starring Lisa Fischer & Anane Vega) 
  • Do What You Gotta Do (starring Lisa Fischer) 
  • Stop On By (starring Lisa Fischer & Cindy Mizelle) 
  • Slick City (starring Cindy Mizelle & Lisa Fischer) 
  • You've Got It Bad Girl (starring Josh Milan) 
  • In The Morning 
  • Been Such a Long Time (starring Josh Milan) 
  • Es Vedra (starring Luis Salinas) 
  • Everlasting Love (starring Diviniti) 
  • Ain't No Stoppin Love (starring Byron Stingily) 
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