The art work for Louie Vega and The Martinez Brothers’ new collaboration “Let It Go” exhibits a younger couple locked in embrace, inches away from an inevitable kiss. An arrow-stricken coronary heart hovers underneath the white glow of the streetlight because the cityscape behind them comes to life. Bright colours like sky blue, crimson and marigold dominate the colour scheme, however it’s greater than a design meant merely to catch the attention.
Created by Lee Quiñones, the prolific graffiti artist and Supreme collaborator who rose to fame throughout the subway artwork motion, the design — just like the observe — is a love letter to New York City.
In some methods, Vega and the Martinez Brothers may very well be the identical individuals. Vega, Chris and Steve had been all born within the Bronx, Nuyoricans and happy with it. They had relations who frequented the legendary Paradise Garage, and all had been already DJing to sizzling crowds as youngsters. But whereas Vega helped pioneer New York home music within the ‘90s, each solo and alongside Kenny “Dope” Gonzales as Masters At Work, the Martinezes had been its disciples.
“Our roots in dance music are from the deep soulful sound, with people such as Louie and Kenny as our idols,” the Brothers inform Billboard Dance.
Both standout acts in as we speak’s scene, Vega and the Brothers first linked two years in the past for a significant collaboration spree. Their first joint launch, 2018’s “Shut the Door,” bridged not solely their respective generations, however added a 3rd with the vocals of salsa legend (and Vega’s uncle) Héctor Lavoe.
Similarly, “Let It Go” represents “what New York is about, past and present,” say the Brothers. “Visually, just being from the inner city and basically living amongst graffiti; it has always been a mega influence on us.” Percussive and soulful home music with only a trace of grit, the observe is the right composite of each Vega and the Brothers’ kinds. At its coronary heart are hypnotic, seductive vocals from San Francisco-based singer Marc E. Bassy. “[He] wrote the tune in, like, ten minutes,” say the Brothers, “and kept it extra New York taking you ‘uptown on Broadway.’”
“This project is so special because we are all Nuyoricans and have contributed to New York City’s music and arts culture,” says Vega of the crew effort. “The Martinez Brothers, Louie Vega and Lee Quiñones on one record — [it’s] art, music and generations coming together in a powerful way.”
The Brothers add, “We just always want to big New York up in all aspects of art, paying respect to our heroes while also pushing it forward. It’s super important not only as Nuyoricans, but also just true lovers of the culture.”
Listen to “Let It Go” completely on Billboard Dance earlier than its launch tomorrow, November 15.