Last February, Louie Vega launched Expansions, a new club night in Manhattan that served as an act of community service as much as an outlet for creative expression. Aimed at dancers and friends, Expansions NYC brought a “much needed dose of authentic nightlife fever,” as the information went, to midweek in Chelsea.
Less than a year later, Louie is planning an album under the umbrella of Expansions, heralded by this new “preview EP.” Expansions in the NYC is a five track release with featured performers Janine Sugah Lyrics Lyons, Anané and Axel Tosca. The overall vibe is one of soul, smooth soul, dedicated as the first track and introduction says it “a place where we can all be free.” “Harvest Time” features a spectacular vibing organ workout from the aforementioned Cuban-born pianist and band leader Axel Tosca. “Cosmic Witch” with Anané brings the soul-with-strings and a spirit that raises the roof right off the rafters.
If we’re to gather anything from the preview pack, Expansions in the NYC is likely to be a very different animal than Louie’s acclaimed NYC Disco LP from last year – a sound at once more intimate and “expanded” you could say by some world class collaborations and musicianship. Can’t wait. Don’t wait.
Louie Vega featuring Janine Sugah Lyrics Lyons, Anané & Axel Tosca / Expansions in the NYC Preview EP / Nervous / December 2019 / Digital
1. Louie Vega: A Place Where We Can All Be Free Feat. Janine Sugah Lyrics Lyons (Original Mix) (9:08)
2. Louie Vega: Harvest Time Feat. Axel Tosca (Original Mix) (5:47)
3. Louie Vega: Cosmic Witch Feat. Anane (Original Mix) (7:46)
3. Louie Vega: A Place Where We Can All Be Free Feat. Janine Sugah Lyrics Lyons (Instrumental) (9:08)
5. Louie Vega: Cosmic Witch Feat. Anane (Instrumental) (7:46)