A JOURNEY INTO ELECTRONIC, SOULFUL, AFRO & LATINO RHYTHMS There are few labels who will get the opportunity to work extensively with the most dynamic remixers, DJs 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. 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. [bbe161cclp2_info from wa]