Tue. Oct. 19, 2021

Louie Vega & The Martinez Brothers – Shut The Door

Tennerz: Louie Vega & The Martinez Brothers feat. Héctor Lavoe – Shut The Door (TMBLV Main Mix) (Cuttin’ Headz)

Pretending Louie Vega is sitting on a formula is both true and quite reductive in the meantime. True, the man has established his own codes from a long experience. But if ever his influences bring us back to the heydays of Disco and the early forms of Urban R&B as set up by Frankie Crocker on WBLS, this is way from being everything.

As a matter of fact, this would be like makin’ abstraction of what mde him becomin’ who he is. From what he learnt from his uncle – the late Héctor Lavoe – who opened his ears to Salsa Music as a singer on Fania Records. To his early days as a remixer/producer by the end of the 80’s. Eventually bringin’ his heritage into what’s remembered as Boricua during the early days of NYC House Music. A trend that gave birth to classic gems such as 2 In A Room‘s ‘Carnival’ and The Latin Age‘s ‘Está Loca’. Not to mention The Ha Dance’, one of the first productions by the likes of Masters At Work back in 1993 on Cutting Records. With ‘Shut The Door’ sort of appearing as a wink to these days some 25 years after.

Another key thing in NYC is that tradition of the transmission of the cultural heritage from a generation to another. With ‘Shut The Door’ standing as another brilliant demonstration to this. Meanwhile gathering 3 different generations of artists. From the late Héctor Lavoe brought back to life as the Master of Ceremony. To The Martinez BrothersChris and Steven – who perpetuate the tradition. Not to mention Louie Vega serving as the missing link between them…

Rated as Techno on Traxsource for some reason… The slammin’ ‘Shut The Door’ sounds more to me like another expression of the ever existing Nuyorican Soul spirit.

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Bronx natives Chris and Steve Martinez have been brought to music when (still) on their teens. With thanks to their dad who was a regular of The Paradise Garage. But also to Dennis Ferrer who acted as an elder brother. This while takin’ them under his wing on his Objektivity label at the time.

More than 10 years have gone since. And TMB, as we also call them, have established themselves as a force to count with. Obviously makin’ the right choices in the running of their profile. As DJ’s (performing together) while appearing at some of the biggest events in the circuit. And also makin’ themselves quite a name with their residencies in Ibiza. Regularly spinnin’ on behalf of collaborative label Tuskegee Records along with Set Troxler before settin’ up their own Cuttin Headz imprint.

In 2014, they came to directly work with fashion designer Riccardo Tisci. With this resulting in the creation the soundtrack for Givenchy’s menswear and women’s wear fall/Winter 2014 and Spring 2015 collections. Then, the year after they came to collaborate with Chic‘s Nile Rodgers. Adding percussion on the memorable ‘I’ll Be There’ which we welcomed as Our Single Of The Week back then. The beginning of 2018 seein’ them joining forces with Louie Vega on the boiling hot ‘Shut The Door’…

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