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10 essential Louie Vega remixes

10 essential Louie Vega remixes10 essential Louie Vega remixes… West End Records label head Mel Cheren used to say that “Disco was nothing but a club-oriented version of Soul Music”. With the same to apply to House Music, be it in regards to Soul, Disco, Funk, Latin or Afro. This being pretty much what Louie Vega‘s been about since day #1. Meanwhile embedding his influences on his productions and remixes along with time in an instantly identifiable style.

A style synonymous with some of the most brilliant works one may think of. Along with Kenny Dope, under the Masters At Work guise. If not Nuyorican Soul, arguably giving birth to the most (the last?!?) ambitious concept in the history of Dance Music. As on his own or under the Elements Of Life banner, surrounding himself with some of the most talented artists in the world…

No need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of jams showcasing what our man is about.

Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting this together for you. With your feedback, and a mention of your favorite song more than welcome…

10 essential Louie Vega remixes / Louie Vega & Jay ‘Sinister’ Séalee feat. Julie Mcknight – Diamond Life (Dance Ritual Mix) (Distance)
L.A.-based singer Julie McKnight came to recognition back in 2000 with the memorable ‘Finally’. Sharing the duties with K.O.T. (Sandy Rivera and Jay ‘Sinister’ Séalee) on French label Distance. Her biggest classic with its follow up released 2 years later on the same label. ‘Diamond Life’ seeing her this time sharin’ the duties with Louie Vega and one half of K.O.T.
10 essential Louie Vega remixes / 3 Winans Brothers feat. The Clark Sisters – Dance (Louie Vega Latin Soul Version) (Vega Records)
One of the definitive hightlights from Louie‘s ‘Starring… XXVIII’ album. We eventually welcomed it as a Single Of The Week back in April 2015. Then as our Single 0f The Year, no less. On a beat bringin’ us back to the souvenir of ChiChi Peralta‘s ‘Un Dia Mas‘. With Josh Milan on B-3 and Wurlitzer and Axel Tosca on additional keys. At times also reminding of Santana‘s keyboard part on the atmospheric ‘Singing Winds, Crying Beasts‘ (the opening cut from their 1970 ‘Abraxas’ album). With strong vocal performance by the likes of the 3 Winans
“You make me smile, you make me laugh, you make me dance…” Positively irresistible!
10 essential Louie Vega remixes / Elements Of Life feat. Josh Milan – Children Of The World (Roots Mix) (Vega Records)
Louie Vega and Josh Milan gave birth to regular stellar jams since the release of ‘Elements Of Life’ (the single) back in 2000. Credited to Louie Vega featuring Blaze, a cut which was the starting point of what was soon after to become Elements Of Life (the group). A collective of artists which Louie Vega put together. Featuring luminaries such as Anané , Cindy Mizelle and Josh Milan. But also Luisito Quintero and Lisa Fisher. Not to mention Gene Perez and Albert Sterling Melendez among others. ‘Children Of The World’ is most likely the highlight from their 2013 ‘Eclipse’ album.
10 essential Louie Vega remixes / Sara Devine – Special (Louie Vega Remix) (Vega Records)
You might remember her for her awesome vocal performance as Lynae on Hardrive 2000‘s memorable ‘Never Forget (When You Touch Me)’ on Strictly Rhythm back in 1999. If not on ‘Life’s But A Dream’ from Masters At Work‘s ‘Our Time Is Coming’ album 3 years later. Sara Devine has regularly crossed the path of Louie Vega as a producer, remixer or label head. The aptly titled ‘Special’ which saw the light back in 2005 standing therefore as her biggest classic ever…
10 essential Louie Vega remixes / Pushim – Like A Sunshine, My Memory (E.O.L. Mix) (Ki/oon Records)
One of the absolute highlights from 2004 along with Cirque du Soleil‘s ‘Emballa’ (as also featured thereafter). And certainly one of Louie Vega‘s most exciting remixes ever, featuring Nathan Haines on flute and soprano saxophone. A cut taken from Japanese artist Pushim Pak‘s one and only album ‘Queendom’. Only released as a Japanese pressing made it the subject of heavy battles between bidders on eBay during the months that followed…
10 essential Louie Vega remixes / Louie Vega & Elements 0f Life feat. Anané – One Dream (E.O.L. Mix) (Vega Records)
The celebration of love in a then newly formed family by the likes of Louie Vega and Anané. Not to mention their son, Nico whose (children) laughing are featured. In a vein/spirit pretty much reminding of Stevie Wonder‘s famous ‘Isn’t She Lovely’. And what an explosion of emotions both lyricwise as in terms of arrangements in a boiling hot Latin percussive way along with the Elements Of Life line-up in full effect…
10 essential Louie Vega remixes / Reel People feat. Tony Momrelle – Golden Lady (Louie Vega Roots Mix) (Reel People Music)
To many of you ‘Golden Lady’ shouldn’t sound that unfamiliar. And this because of first and foremost counting as one of the countless gems from Stevie Wonder‘s 1973 ‘Innvervisions’ album. Not to mention the fact that UK production team Reel People are regulars on these shores. With the same applying to singer Tony Momrelle whose spiritual connection with Wonder looks undeniable. Not only the latter would give a nice rendition of this classic. But Louie Vega came up with the right extra ingredients to bring it into a new dimension.
10 essential Louie Vega remixes / Little Louie Vega feat. Raúl Midón – Cerca De Mi (Vega Records)
From the 2003 released ‘Louie Vega presents Elements Of Life’ album. With co-production work by the likes of Albert Sterling Melendez and drum programming courtesy of Kenny Dope. New Mexico native singer and guitarist Raúl Midón takin’ the center stage on this vibrant jam sung in Spanish the title of which meaning ‘Close to me’. The latter would become an integral member of Elements Of Life from then on…
10 essential Louie Vega remixes / Louie Vega Starring Monique Bingham – Elevator (Going Up) (Louie Vega Dance Ritual Remix)
Here we have another highlight from Vega‘s ‘Starring… XXVIII’ album. Monique Bingham makin’ proof of her undeniable talent and versatility. Takin’ us a song conceived upon different sequences being as many acts of an enlightening story starting in an elevator. As many chapters of that kind of a book you just can’t stop reading from A to Z as a matter of fact. Louie Vega spicin’ up the whole with a 5 star jazzy piano driven orchestration…
10 essential Louie Vega remixes / Cirque du Soleil – Emballa (Louie Vega Remix) (Louie Vega featuring Jaffa Ritual Mix) (Cirque du Soleil Musique)
Widely renowned for the creativity of their live shows, this Québec-based entertainment company founded by Guy Laliberté back in 1984. They also stand on a quite impressive repertoire musicwise with some 33 albums to date. From their 2003 ‘Varekai’ album, this Portuguese sung jam, which Nitin Sawhney co-wrote. It would be the subject of a remix by the likes of Louie Vega along with Canadian producer David Kakon, aka Jaffa. Featuring in an album entitled ‘Delirium: Dance Remix’ the year after and ventually available as a CD-single. It also saw the light as an ultra-limited 12″ copy given to a bunch of happy few during the WMC in Miami (including yours truly). All in all contributing to make it a quite sought after one since…

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