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Louie Vega – Starring…XXVIII

Since its release last year, the grammy nominated album Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII has reached unfathomable heights, after 8 single vinyl releases and two full triple set album releases, we still have one more up our sleeve. Today, here we are in the third and final installment of the Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII vinyl album release series, this time taking it to another level with unreleased and lost mixes. When making an album there are usually way more than the number of songs allocated for the project. In this case there were over 50 songs and tracks created for the Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII album. Vega has selected 14 unreleased and lost tracks from the recordings and put together dj friendly versions with these super talented artists involved: Funkadelic, Nick Monaco & Soul Clap, Kenny Bobien, Cindy Mizelle, Maphorisa, Berita, Wanda Baloyi & Kabomo (South African top talent), Roberto Roena (of the Fania All Stars), Brutha Basil, Jesse Jackson (blues rock artist), Sara Devine, Luis Salinas (Argentinean guitarist), Duane Harden (song/hitmaker), & 3 Winans Brothers featuring the Clark Sisters. The packaging is lovely with an open gatefold huge picture of a mural painted by none other than Richard Wilson UK artist. Mastering by the great Walter Coelho, for sonic perfection & pressing manufactured by optimal in Germany.

Louie vega – Starring xxviii, Vega Records

Louie Vega’s latest album, Louie Vega Starring… is a dualdisc conceptual record featuring over twenty-five artists on twenty-eight different songs. The record is Louie Vega’s first solo album ever and a contender for his magnum opus. Vega is in esteemed company, with a seasoned group of collaborators imparting their magic for this special project including; Funkadelic & George Clinton; The 3 Winans Brothers and The Clark Sisters; Jocelyn Brown; Nick Monaco & Soul Clap; N’Dea Davenport; Lisa Fischer; Cindy Mizelle; Anane Vega; Monique Bingham; Caron Wheeler (Soul II Soul); Josh Milan; Bucie; Tony Momrelle; Kaylow; Vikter Duplaix; Cassio Ware; Adeva, Covertion & Leroy Burgess; Kenny Bobienl; Zara McFarlane; Luis Salinas; Roberto Roena; Diviniti; and Byron Stingily.

Each song is uniquely crafted to represent a different emotion, energy or experience. Their melange with Louie Vega’s timeless music production is the album’s true treat, “Today’s listener wants to feel good and that’s exactly what our songs and tracks do. We celebrate the gift of love, art and music,” adds Vega. Followers of his illustrious career will find the album unveils a completely new side of the legendary artist; that of a sound chemist. Louie explains, “My inspirations came from various visits around the world and experiences in life. As far as the album’s sounds, I revisited lots of R&B, soul, gospel, nu jazz, even some disco, all within the backdrop of house music, took it back to the artist and song tailoring” .

V/A – Disco Love 4, BBE

Scotland’s foremost (possibly only) disco obsessive returns with a fourth volume in the critically acclaimed Disco Love series. Previous volumes had critics saying things like “Some of it is risqué, cheesy and (may I say) sexy. Great stuff for us disco-geeks” and “A real gem for the disco connoisseurs” and “This will enhance any deep disco collection” and “the ever-reliable Glaswegian crate digger unearths even more dusty gems” and “Just when you think that Al Kent guy is not going to get you again, he assembles a third Disco Love that is more stimulating than the first two volumes” and, less excitingly, “The mastering and sound quality is great”.

So, just when you think that Al Kent guy isn’t going to get you again, here he is – with fifteen more obscure disco tracks (or at the very least soul records you could dance to), most of which were pressed in limited quantities before sinking without trace.

Various ‎– The Irish Uprising / 1916-1922, Cbs

On Easter Sunday, 1916, there were two conferences in Dublin: one, where the feeling was that because of the countermand issued by the Volunteer’s Chief of Staff, there could be no Rising; the other was held in Liberty Hall by the Volunteer and Citizen Army leaders. Monday morning dawned; like all other Irish Risings this one was to be inadequately prepared. But these men were prepared to die, not for an island, but for a nation; a nation with a culture of its own, based on its own language, its own heritage, and perhaps most important for “…the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland.” The great achievement of the 1916 Rising was that it brought about a change in the attitude of public opinion. For although doomed to failure, it was a challenge to conscience and to courage: that Ireland was the first country in the 20th century to gain its own independence is evidence of this. The story of the Irish Uprising is one of intense dedication, of unvanquished belief in the rightness of the cause, of hopes, of almost blind fidelity with no chance of compromise to but one goal: a free, independent Ireland. This was the common faith of the leaders.

Joe Claussell Presents – Music A Reason To Celebrate, Spiritual Life Music

Many in the world take music as a source of amusement, a pastime; to many music is an art, and a musician an entertainer. Yet no one has lived in this world, has thought and felt, who has not considered music as the most sacred art of all arts. For that fact is that, what the art of painting cannot clearly suggest, poetry explains in words, but that, which even a poet finds difficult to express in poetry, is expressed in music. By this I do not only say that music is superior to painting and poetry: in fact music excels religion, for music raises the soul of man even higher than the so-called external form of religion. But it must not be understood that music can take the place of religion, for every soul is not necessarily tuned to that pitch where music can really benefit from music, nor is every music so high that it will exalt a person who hears it more than religion will do. However, for those who follow the path of inner cult, music is most essential for their spiritual development. The reason is that the soul who is seeking for truth is in search of the formless god.”
Hazrat Inayat Khan.

“As our beautiful earth rotates to the beat produced by rhythm, energy is constantly evolving. It is from this energy that the universe was created. Then came woman and man.
I truly believe in the healing powers that transcends from sound through music, and that with it we can conquer the evil that is among us. But, music cannot do this alone, it is together with love that we can truly achieve our goals for love, peace, and harmony. So in the end it is up to us. Let’s love one another…for real.” Joaquin ‘Joe’ Clussell. Spiritual Life & Sacred Rhythm Music.

Louie Vega Elements Of Life ‎– Eclipse, Fania

Fania proudly presents the latest release from Grammy winning DJ/Producer Louie Vega and his group Elements of Life. The album transcends genres featuring Louie’s soulful touch on Dance, Latin, African and Brazilian tracks ELO Soulfrito Includes: The Movement / Swingback / Pay Homage / Going Home / Mambo Mango / Usted Abuso / Pirana / Music Is Life / El Cantante / Pedro Navaja / Anacaona / Descarga Fania All Stars

Karizma – Wall of Sound, R2

Since his last studio album in 2009 Baltimore native DJ Karizma has been constantly touring the globe bringing his inimitable DJ sets to the people of Earth. Karizma has once again pushed himself beyond the limits of his previous work, evolving his trademark club bangers and down-tempo beats as well as adding a variety of new and sometimes impossible to categorise music to his armoury, emotional content being the unifying factor. Karizma has also called on some of dance music heavyweights to collaborate on the album including the mighty Osunlade (Yoruba Records), Rokaz (Neil Pierce & Ziggy Funk), and rising UK talent Sean McCabe.

Milton Hamilton Crystalized – Disco Madness, Island

Released on tiny NYC label Disko-Mania, this exquisitely-crafted slice of jazz-funk infused disco heaven from elusive music teacher-turned-pianist Mr Hamilton is sheer perfection from start to finish successfully incorporating a number of styles from lush soulful ballads such as ‘I Really Got A Thing For You’ and ‘Our Love, through the hi-octane funk of Mahogany to cool syncopated jazz-funk bubblers like ‘Crystalized’ and ‘So Beautiful’ and the afro-funk styled cover ‘Poinciana’ with its dazzling interplay of jazzy organ and guitar.

As you would expect from an LP engineered by revered disco supremo Bob Blank, the album spawned a number of club hits including the classic ‘Love Supreme’, a lilting sweeping disco extravaganza of intricate keys, grooving percussion and punchy brass gilded with the classiest of vocals which rocked the whole of New York from Studio 54 to the Funhouse and of course the underground masterpiece ‘We Have All The Time’, a big play for discerning Disco DJs such as Dimitri From Paris and Danny Krivit with its superb breezy feel and sweetest of vocals.

Manu Dibango – Countdown at Kusini, Private Press

Manu Dibango is one of the original fathers of the Afro-funk scene. His huge worldwide hit “Soul Makossa” paved the way for artists such as Fela Kuti and Hugh Masakela. This Ultra-rare soundtrack was originally produced in tiny quantities for the premiere of the obscure Ossie Davis movie in Seattle in August 1975. It’s a superb blend of African rhythms, jazz, and a heavy dose of space jazz and funk. There are too many good tracks to mention, from uptempo dancefloor cuts to slower mellow numbers, all featuring Manu’s superb sax playing. (Remastered)

Nkengas – Destruction, Secret Stash Records

Destruction by the Nkengas originally hit streets in 1973, overflowing with heavy Afro-beat, Afro-rock, and gritty highlife. It came about during Osita Osadebe and His Nigeria Sound Makers’s UK tour. Financial hardship led members of the Nigeria Sound Makers to break off and form another group while in London, the Nkengas.

The Nkengas were introduced to Jamaican born Sonny Roberts, well known in London for his Orbitone record store and . After the recording sessions, the band returned to Nigeria and became known as the Ikenga Super Stars of Africa, finding much success in West Africa. Despite their later popularity, the heights of funky rawness in this early effort were seldom duplicated.

Contains detailed liner note inserts with never before seen photos. As always, the LP version includes a free digital download of the entire album.

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