Mobile Mondays! Live - The Salsoul Records Edition featuring Joe Bataan, First Choice, Double Exposure, Instant Funk, Ladies of Skyy & Carol Williams


Mobile Mondays! Live - The Salsoul Records Edition featuring Joe Bataan, First Choice, Double Exposure, Instant Funk, Ladies of Skyy, & Carol Williams 

Originating in 1974, The New York City based Salsoul Records was one of the most influential record companies in the disco era that has shaped the dance music industry for the last 40 years. Artists such as Instant Funk, Loleatta Holloway, Carol Williams, Jocelyn Brown, Double Exposure, First Choice, Joe Bataan, the Salsoul Orchestra (led by Vincent Montana Jr), Inner Life, Skyy, and Charo were at one time part of their roster.

To celebrate the relaunch of this iconic staple to dance music history, Salsoul Records has teamed up with New York City’s premier 45’s vinyl night hosts Mobile Mondays! NYC to throw a special reunion concert, Mobile Mondays! LIVE:  The Salsoul Records Edition in conjunction with NYC's SummerStage, the  largest free performing arts festival that takes place in city parks throughout the five boroughs. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 6th in New York City’s Lower East Side at the East River Summerstage.

The show will feature an all-star line-up of Mobile Monday’s! DJs including Mobile Mondays founder & DJ/ Producer, Operator Emz, Disco DJ of the year & Salsoul Records guru, Joey Carvello, 45’s Queen, Natasha Diggs, 45s Hip-Hop DJ & Producer, Just Blaze, Reggae aficionado, Misbehaviour, and "Quiet Storm" aka Money Mike, all whom will be spinning 45’s.

The event will be hosted by Mobile Monday’s hosts Miss Rebecca & Snkr Joe and Salsoul Records label manager Rachael Hardway. Performances by legendary Salsoul artists include the man who joined the words ’Salsa’ & ’Soul’ to coin the term Salsoul, Joe Bataan as well as Instant Funk, First Choice, Double Exposure, Carol Williams and the Ladies of Skyy. RSVP here.

In support of the relaunch we have remastered several rare 7" and 12" mixes from original analog tape that are available on iTunes.

Learn more about each performer below.

Joe Bataan, the “King of Latin Soul,” helped coin the phrase "Salsoul" in 1974 lending the name to his first album. Bataan was influenced by two musical styles: the Latin boogaloo and African American doo-wop. Bataan recorded three albums and several singles for Salsoul Records and the Latin subdivision of Salsoul Records, Salsoul Leyendas. Titles include SalSoul, Rap-O-Clap-O, Joe Bataan II, Afrofilipino and a new compilation of his greatest hits titled Tropical Classics: Joe Bataan, which features the early 1979 hip-hop hit "Rap-O-Clap-O” and additional classic titles he performed for the Salsoul Leyendas label.

The three-piece female disco group First Choice was influential to early house music and the Salsoul Records movement. Their tracks “Let No Man Put Asunder” and “Dr. Love” are two of the most sampled tracks from the Salsoul catalog. Original group members Ursula Herring & Annette Guest will be joined on stage by disco artist Wardell Piper (“Super Sweet”) for their performance.

Double Exposure is one of the most prominent American-Disco groups of the Salsoul era known as the first group to release the 12-inch single. Their 1976 album chart-topping album Ten Percent featured a pair of major club hits including "Ten Percent" and "My Love is Free." Members James Williams, Joseph Harris, Charles Whittington & Leonard "Butch" Davis are actively touring and making music to this day.

Instant Funk burst onto the '70s disco scene with the million-selling single "I Got My Mind Made Up" and their Gold album Instant Funk. Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan and engineer Bob Blank’s 1979 remix of “I Got My Mind Made Up” quickly flooded dance floors across the country. The band started out with the core lineup of bassist Raymond Earl, drummer Scotty Miller, lead vocalist James "Jimmy" Carmichael and guitarist Kim Miller and later expanded to include additional members.

Skyy enjoyed worldwide success with their distinctive blend of sassy vocals, funky bass lines and thumping guitar licks. The Ladies of Skyy, Denise, Dolores and Bonne Dunning are best known for their release of the Skyy Line album in late 1981. Their hit song “Call Me” became the first #1 R&B hit followed by their 1984 release of Inner City.

At a time when disco was still breaking into the mainstream, Carol Williams was one of the few female vocalists in the genre to hold stake in other creative elements of her craft besides singing. Working with producer Vincent Montana Jr., she not only selected a good share of material for her Salsoul debut album, 'Lectric Lady, but also co-wrote three selections and acted as co-publisher. 'Lectric Lady was released in 1977 and featured hits such as "Come Back" and "Love Is You."

Visit the Summerstage website for more details here.