“What’s going on in my world?”

A simple lyric in the form of a question filled with enough ambiguity to encourage personal, beautiful interpretation. Whose world are we referring to – the macro world or a more individualized universe? Are those questions even relevant? More often than not, a small mutation in one world greatly influences the other and vice versa. The larger universe and our individual experiences are connected at the hip. As one goes, so does its partner.

The debut single, “I Deserve to Breathe,” off of Louie Vega’s upcoming new album, brings together for the first time Vega and house music icon, Adeva, who garnered pop and radio success in the UK while gaining acclaim stateside with an epic cover of Aretha’ Franklin classic, “Respect.” Adeva’s vocal interpretation of the lyrics, co-written by Lem Springsteen (formerly of production duo Mood II Swing) and songstress/singer Leah Lorien, is so intricate and so full of life that it acts as an instrument in the song itself. She floats between sharp winding falsettos and deep percussive chants; all masterfully blended to create a momentous musical back and forth. Adeva and her powerful vocals are in complete control the entire time; they know exactly what sounds, pitches and melodies the song needs.

Furthermore, the production feats that Vega and Springsteen collaborated to achieve are nothing short of spectacular. Their output will be a joy to all listeners because they created a grooving sonic experience, but more importantly, they created a rallying cry for the world and believing individuals within. Before hitting play, listeners will feel a hint of empowerment and reclaimed justice in the air because of the song’s title. Breathe is no longer a quotidian nor dull word in today’s vernacular, its suggested emotions and imagery are razor sharp and can reopen wounds. I Can’t Breathe. I Deserve to Breathe. Art has always had the power to provide unimagined perspective. The prevalent discourse of today’s social issues is a nasty mixture of polarizing perspectives, frivolous commentary on social networks and a general lack of humanity. Art acts from the heart. “I Deserve to Breathe” has a simple message, Fight with Love. Love is important, but our times also necessitate a brave and proactive fight. Fighting without love is dangerous. The tension is intentional, but not obvious. To benefit from art, one must pay attention. The lyrical content of “I Deserve to Breathe” commands such attention. And that’s just one layer of this cake. The song believes in giving back. So in a time when it can help to disconnect from the media and its portrayal of and commentary on the social issues we care about, spend time with Louie Vega’s latest single featuring a flawless vocal performance by Adeva and download the song and hear for yourself the reasons why we all deserve to breathe.

Click here to hear and purchase “I Deserve To Breathe”

@nuyoricansoul

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