Today, 12 June, is ‘Little’ Louie Vega’s birthday, so with that in mind, it’s worth delving into the great man’s back catalogue and reappraising a house classic from 1991.
Before Masters at Work and Nuyorican Soul, Vega was an accomplished DJ at venues such as the Devil’s Nest, in the Bronx, as well as New York venues such as Roseland and Studio 54.
In 1991, also establishing himself as a prolific remixer, Vega teamed up with singer Marc Anthony on the album When The Night is Over, which bore one of the most Bonfire of the Vanities/American Psycho-inspired covers of all time.
The album’s standout was undoubtedly Ride on the Rhythm, which topped the Billboard Dance Charts and helped establish the ‘house sound’ that Vega would cultivate with partner in crime Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez.
But what would the duo call this new alliance? Look no further than the tenth track on the album: The Masters At Work.
Happy birthday Louie, keep up the good work!
[Kudos to Revive Classics for the YouTube upload]