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LOUIE VEGA – EXPANSIONS IN THE NYC

What is it about New York City, that concrete jungle that continually inspires the creative spirit? From Warhol’s Factory to Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage to David Mancuso’s Loft, collectives that celebrate and nurture unfettered, organic artistry have been absolutely intrinsic to the story of this sprawling metropolis. Its latest chapter is being written at the hands of ‘The Maestro’, Grammy Award winner Louie Vega and his Expansions NYC parties, the sound documented in his latest album Expansions In The NYC (Nervous Records).  

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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 dance floor 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 centre 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. 

In the past few years I’ve found new inspiration both from the musicians I’m working with and the audiences coming to see me at my DJ shows,” Vega says. “So for me this album represents new beginnings, bringing together a beautiful mosaic of artistic perspectives to express musically what we call Expansions In The NYC.” 

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.  

LOUIE VEGA ‘EXPANSIONS IN THE NYC’ IS RELEASED VIA NERVOUS RECORDS APRIL 29th 2022 

TRACKLISTING: 

  1. Igobolo (Feelin’ Love) – Featuring Joe Claussell 
  2. Joy Universal – Featuring Two Soul Fusion 
  3. You Got me Dancing – Featuring Audrey Wheeler & Cindy Mizelle 
  4. All My Love – Featuring Robyn 
  5. Music Is My Life – Presents Unlimited Touch 
  6. Free To Love – Featuring Karen Harding 
  7. Seven Mile – Featuring Moodymann 
  8. Come Away – Featuring Kerri Chandler 
  9. Feel So Right – Featuring Honey Dijon 
  10. How He Works – Featuring Nico Vega 
  11. Atmosphere Strut – Featuring DJ Spinna 
  12. Cosmic Witch – Featuring Anané 
  13. Chimi 
  14. Love Has No Time Or Place 
  15. The Star Of A Story – Featuring Lisa Fischer 
  16. Change Your Mind – Featuring Bernard Fowler 
  17. It’s All Good – Featuring Bebe Winans, Debbie Winans, Korean Soul 
  18. Dreaming – Featuring Cindy Mizelle 
  19. Deep Burnt – Featuring Axel Tosca 
  20. Another Day In My Life 
  21. I Hear Music In The Street – Presents Unlimited Touch 
  22. Touch The Sky – Featuring Tony Momrelle 

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