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Various Artists Louie Vega: Extensions

Temporarily splitting from Masters at Work partner Kenny Dope for last year‘s Elements of Life, Louie Vega makes Extensions a family affair, inviting a host of DJs to remix his Latin-based house excursions. Joe Claussell lays down a bottom-end heavy "Sunshine" as vocalist Blaze croons about the lightness of love. Jazzy Jeff adds mid-tempo flair to "Jungle Fever," while Vega himself tinkers with five cuts. One includes Dope, who also lends a tasteful hand to "Cerca De Mi." DJ Spinna‘s pouncing rendition of "A Better Day" winds down the record before a conga- and steel drum-led "Steel Congo" puts it to bed. This collection could easily have been dubbed More Elements of Life, which doesn‘t make it a bad thing, just more of the same.

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