Pure Percussive Pleasure

Kenny and Louie's joyous retro reboots dominate clubs and living rooms alike

Masters at (temporary) rest: "Little" Louie Vega (left) and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez
photo: courtesy of Vega Records
Masters at (temporary) rest: "Little" Louie Vega (left) and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez

The nuanced tweaking evident on Kay-Dee edits and mixes may seem subtle, but it brings out an irresistible vivacity in these grooves. And Kenny gleefully dedicates an entire label to such unexpected aural revelations! While Louie centers his label around classy, modern productions patterned after atavistic models showcasing live players, Kenny prefers to rescue authentically anachronistic treasures from the obscuring muck of primitive signal processing and underproduced analog recordings. Niche markets rule! Percolating and thriving just under the radar of major-label greed, these guys are working one conceptual step ahead of retro-dabblers like Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera, who only visit the vintage territories Lou and Ken thoroughly explore and continually rebuild.

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