'Lil' Louie Vega
Take a trip back in time and listen to one of the true Masters.
Ten years ago when this podcast was recorded, Lil' Louis Vega was already a bonafide house music legend. Not much has changed since, and he still brings a real—and all too rare—sense of musicianship to any project he works on.
What’s more, it’s hard to put Louie in any one musical box. Because of the vast number of different projects he works on, and aliases he has, you never quite know what to expect from the man most famous for working with Kenny Dope as Masters At Work. He is as able to produce Marc Anthony’s big 1991 hit 'Ride on Rhythm' as he is remix Debbie Gibson’s “Only In My Dreams” while, in 2015, he put out 'Louie Vega Starring...XXVIII', his first solo album and one that was made up of proper songs tinged with funk, jazz, Latin and soul in truly authentic ways.
Of course, stepping away from his studio full of drum machines and expensive synths, Louie extensively worked with real musicians as Nuyorican Soul. As well as many 12”s, their most notable and enduring work was the self-titled 1996 album released on Gilles Peterson’s Talkin Loud. It still stands as a testament to house music’s ability to break out of the club and offer lasting songs that are about more than just dancing.
As a DJ, Louie brings all these influences to the ‘tables each and every time. This mix is no exception, and frankly could be from yesterday or 30 years ago. It’s hard to date but not hard to love thanks to its soul infused grooves, constant referencing of New York and timeless house sounds that range from deep to heavily percussive.
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