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Louie Vega Elements Of Life

Never judge an album by its first song. Put off by the faux-orgasmic moaning of "Jungle Fever," I almost didn't listen to the rest of Louie Vega's first solo album. Thankfully, his long history of productions, both on his own and as half of Masters At Work, carried me past that initial misstep and into a disc full of rich, classy music. As early as the second track, a sumptuous collaboration with Blaze, Vega regains his poise, crafting uplifting, vibrant songs that sparkle with detail. Though best known for his deft mastery of 4/4 beats, Vega reveals a passion for all styles as he turns his hand to African, Brazilian and Latin rhythms. Program the player to skip Track 1, and relish an album full of flawless performances and memorable melodies.

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