Louie Vega: A Musical History In XXVIII Tracks

Wednesday, 01 June 2016
Ahead of his birthday and as homage to his phenomenal debut album, 'Starring... XVIII', we've pulled together twenty-eight tracks and hidden gems that show off Louie Vega's career.

Constantly reinventing himself, Louie has crafted some of the most innovative singles in dance music history, "The Nervous Track", "It’s Alright (I Feel It)" and "I Can’t Get No Sleep", kick started genres like soulful house, "Beautiful People", "I Get Lifted" and revitalised the careers of legends like Roy Ayers, George Benson and Tito Puente with his Masters At Work partnership with Kenny Dope. On the decks he defiantly mixes everything he can find – house, hip-hop, funk, disco, Latin, African and jazz – into a universal groove that defines how we enjoy dance music.

As part of Masters At Work, the legendary NYC DJ & Production duo of Louie Vega and Kenny Dope, Louie has shepherded dance music down new paths with an inventive production style and imaginative feel for different musical forms. The two native New Yorkers have amassed an overwhelming body of work, one that includes hundreds of original productions, remixes and side projects, redefining the way we think of music in clubs.

Louie released his debut album, 'Starring... XVIII', featuring collaborations from twenty-eight renowned artists, back in February. As homage to this and in anticipation of his return to Ministry of Sound on 11 June 2016, we've put together twenty-eight tracks that take a look at the musical history of one of the greatest godfathers of global dance music to have graced the Groove Odyssey stage...

1. Louie Vega & Marc Anthony – Ride On The Rhythm

2. Little Louie Vega Presents The Chameleon - The Missile

3. Louie Vega – Life Goes On

4. Little Louie Vega Feat Blaze ‎- Elements Of Life (Dance Ritual Mix)

5. Louie Vega – Nico’s Song/ Africa/ Brasil

6. Louie Vega feat. Raúl Midón - Cerca De Mi

7. Little Louie Vega – Diamond Life

8. Louie Vega – Thousand Fingered Man

9. Cerrone vs. Louie Vega – Love Ritual

10. Jay ‘Sinister’ & Louie Vega feat. Julie McKnight - Bittersweet

11. Louie Vega & Boddhi Satva feat. Vivian K – Life Is A Lesson

12. Louie Vega Starring Duane Harden - Never Stop

13. Louie Vega Starring Axel Tosca - Sunlight (Louie Vega Roots Mix)

14. Funkadelic – Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You (Louie Vega Remix)

15. Masters At Work feat. India – To Be In Love

16. St Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Masters at Work Dub)

17. Masters At Work feat Jody Watley - Love To Love

18. Incognito - Everyday (Masters at Work Dub)

19. Masters At Work - The Ha Dance (Pumpin' Dubb)

20. Masters At Work Feat. Xaviera Gold - Gonna Get Back To You

21. Wanda Baloyi feat. Kabomo - Kisses (Louie Vega Roots NYC Mix)

22. Louie Vega feat. Tony Momrelle – Gift of Love

23. Elements Of Life - You Came Into My Life (Louie Vega NYC Mix)

24. Josh Milan - Thinking About Your Body (Louie Vega Dance Ritual Mix)

25. Louie Vega feat. Brucie – Angels Are Watching Me

26. Sara Devine – Special (Louie Vega Remix)

27. Louie Vega & The Elements of Life ft. Anane – One Dream

28. Louie Vega feat. Jocelyn Brown – You Are Everything