Starting in February 2019 in Manhattan and Brooklyn venues, Vega’s Expansions NYC parties have their origin not in his revered prowess as a DJ but rather his whole-hearted appreciation of the different elements of the dancefloor surrounding him: the dancers, the musicians who bring their instruments to join him ad-hoc on the night, the small, dedicated crowd of clubbers whose ears to the ground keep them informed on the underground party information. The events included 6-hour DJ sets with Louie under his select curation, and would usually end with 3 AM jam sessions involving keyboardists, guitar players and poets all performing in front of a jam packed crowd. In just a few short years the Expansions NYC events have evolved into an NYC-clubland institution, an intimate celebration of house, funk, disco, afro, R&B and more.
As with his parties, so goes his album. The collective vibe that forms the beating heart of Expansions NYC parties is absolutely front and centre in “Expansions In The NYC”, Vega drawing in one of the most comprehensive lists of collaborators in recent memory. House heavyweights Honey Dijon, Joe Claussell, Moodymann, Kerri Chandler and Anané rub up against legendary vocalists Bernard Fowler, Cindy Mizelle, Lisa Fischer, Audrey Wheeler and Tony Momrelle. Gospel royalty BeBe Winans and Debbie Winans, pop icon Robyn and rising star Karen Harding sit alongside disco-era champions Unlimited Touch, Cuban jazz pianist Axel Tosca, Nico Vega, Two Soul Fusion with Josh Milan and Vega and underground legend DJ Spinna. At the center of it all, fingerprint on every beat, touch on every groove, sits a master at work, weaving the individual threads into a rich dance music tapestry.
At its heart, “Expansions In The NYC” is a love letter to New York, as much as melting pot as the city it represents, the scope of its line-up possible only because of the influence and reverence of Vega the artist, the DJ, the producer, the curator. In creating this album, Louie Vega has once again utterly enriched the lives and libraries of music lovers the world over, far beyond the hustling streets of NYC that have so indelibly left their mark on his work.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Moodymann, Kerri Chandler, Joe Clausell Honey Dijon...! - Louie delivers a who's who of house royalty across a jam packed four disc set. Truly overwhelming how much good music is on show here! Unmissable stuff for fans of this NYC legend.
A1. Music Is My Life Ft. Unlimited Touch
A2. You Got Me Dancing Ft. Audrey Wheeler & Cindy Mizelle
B1. Come Away Ft. Kerri Chandler
B2. Seven Mile Ft. Moodymann
C1. The Star Of A Story Ft. Lisa Fischer
C2. Change Your Mind Ft. Bernard Fowler
D1. All My Love Ft. Robyn
D2. Free To Love Ft. Karen Harding
E1. Feel So Right Ft. Honey Dijon
E2. How He Works Ft. Nico Vega
F1. Joy Universal Ft. Two Soul Fusion
F2. Igobolo Ft. Joaquin Joe Clausell
G1. It's All Good Ft. Bebe Winans, Debbie Winans Lowe & Korean Soul
G2. Touch The Sky Ft. Tony Momrelle
H1. Love Has No Time Or Place (Louie Vega & Elements Of Life)
H2. Dreamin Ft. Cindy Mizelle