Culturally, mestizos are folks of mixed Latin and Indian heritage who live along the U.S./Mexico borderlands; Filipino-born Joe Bataan felt enough of that same duality to name his record label Salsoul (salsa plus soul, see) and to name his late-'70s backing group his Mestizo Band. A retitled reissue of 1980's Mestizo, with no bonus tracks and most of the songs edited into lengthy suites, Joe Bataan and His Mestizo Band is primarily a late-era disco record, with only minimal Latin accents on songs like the by-the-numbers opener, "Mestizo."
No recording artist has more impeccable street credentials than Joe Bataan, the originator of the New York Latin soul style that paralleled Latin boogaloo and anticipated disco. His musical experience began with street corner doo wop in the 1950s, and came to include one of the first rap records to hit the charts, 1979's "Rap-O, Clap-O."
21 Track compilation album featuring artists from the Salsoul stable, Loleatta Holloway, Instant Funk, The Salsoul Orchestra, Carol Williams & more.
In the last few years Latin music, new and old, has started to move back into the popular consciousness and onto hip dance floors. This alburn brings together eleven much sought after dance-floor fillers from the TICO and FANIA labels. They could all loosely be described as LATIN SOUL…..
Hot Chip's Joe Goddard has announced a new album called "Electric Lines". This will be Goddard's sophomore solo album (the first one coming out back in 2009). Goddard's latest work was back on Hot Chip's 2015 album "Why Make Sense". Goddard has shared two singles from the album: "Lose Your Love" and “Music Is the Answer”. The album will be out April 21st via pril 21 via Greco-Roman/Domino.