Louie Vega, Leroy Burgess, and Patrick Adam join forces for BBE Music’s landmark 500th release

For BBE Music’s landmark 500th release, the label joins forces with Louie Vega, Leroy Burgess and Patrick Adams to revisit ‘Barely Breaking Even’, the iconic track after which the label is named.

Coaxed into the studio together by BBE founder Peter Adarkwah, Grammy-winning House music hero Louie Vega, arranger extraordinaire and New York disco royalty Patrick Adams, plus the song’s original writer (and the king of boogie) Leroy Burgess soon got to work. Even given the calibre of those involved in this special session, the results are simply exceptional.

Featuring live strings by The Apple Hill String Quartet arranged by Adams and Burgess, Vega’s ‘Boogie Mix’ stays faithful to the Universal Robot Band original, with potent vocal performances and a tough new groove for 2019.

It was at the string recording session for the boogie version that Louie Vega unveiled his ‘NYC House Mix’ to the assembled musicians, at which point he and Leroy Burgess quickly arranged a brand new horn section and re-wrote the song’s melody to compliment the track’s accelerated pace. What the team emerged with is so much more than a remix- it’s a unified call-back to two golden eras; that of disco-boogie and that of New York House. And it’s beautiful.

Tracklisting:
01. BARELY BREAKING EVEN (LOUIE VEGA BOOGIE MIX)
02. BARELY BREAKING EVEN (LOUIE VEGA BOOGIE MIX (INSTRUMENTAL))
03. BARELY BREAKING EVEN (LOUIE VEGA BOOGIE MIX (RADIO EDIT))
04. LOUIE VEGA, LEROY BURGESS, THE UNIVERSAL ROBOT BAND – BARELY BREAKING EVEN (LOUIE VEGA BOOGIE MIX (RADIO EDIT INSTRUMENTAL))
05. BARELY BREAKING EVEN (LOUIE VEGA BOOGIE MIX (TV TRACK LONG))
06. BARELY BREAKING EVEN (LOUIE VEGA NYC HOUSE REMIX)
07. BARELY BREAKING EVEN (LOUIE VEGA NYC HOUSE REMIX (INSTRUMENTAL))
08. BARELY BREAKING EVEN (LOUIE VEGA EXPANSIONS NYC VAMP DUB)
09. BARELY BREAKING EVEN (LOUIE VEGA EXPANSIONS NYC VAMP DUB (INSTRUMENTAL))
10. BARELY BREAKING EVEN (LOUIE VEGA EXPANSIONS NYC VAMP DUB WITH MO BACKGROUNDS)
11. BARELY BREAKING EVEN (LOUIE VEGA NYC HOUSE REMIX (RADIO EDIT))
12. BARELY BREAKING EVEN (LOUIE VEGA NYC HOUSE REMIX (RADIO EDIT INSTRUMENTAL))
13. BARELY BREAKING EVEN (LOUIE VEGA NYC HOUSE REMIX (RADIO TV TRACK))
14. BARELY BREAKING EVEN (LOUIE VEGA NYC HOUSE REMIX (TV TRACK LONG))


About the author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.

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