Salsoul Records

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Salsoul Records is a legendary dance-focused record label that made its mark in the 1970s and early 1980s.


Founded in 1974 by  Joseph Cayre, Kenneth Cayre, and Stanley Cayre (the Cayre brothers). Salsoul Records was at the vanguard of the emerging disco sound. As the founders began to expand their roster of artists and projects, Salsoul Records quickly became synonymous with the New York-based roots of the genre.

Salsoul Records launched the careers of a number of artists, including Willie Colón, Loleatta Holloway, The Salsoul Orchestra and The Salsoul Strings and Horns. The label served as a leader in the development and promotion of both Latin soul and jazz-funk, two now-important genres of dance music. Salsoul released the first commercially available 12-inch single, Double Exposure’s “Ten Percent”, in 1976, catapulting Salsoul Records into the spotlight. This success was followed by an array of the now-iconic singles and albums, most notably Dennis Parker’s “Like An Eagle,” Loleatta Holloway ‘Love Sensation’, The Salsoul Orchestra Christmas Jollies, and the chart topping single The Salsoul Orchestra featuring Loleatta Holloway ‘Run away”.

Some consider this the greatest disco track of all time – hard to disagree…

The label’s name was conceived by artist Joe Bataan, who recorded some of the earliest sessions for the Cayre brothers before the label’s formation. “Salsoul” was street lingo for the musical culture of urban Latinos who were listening to soul music and combining it with salsa music.

The legendary New York City-based recording studio and headquarters of Salsoul Records, commonly known as “The Hit Factory,” further added to the label’s growing influence and successes. Headed by house engineer Tony Bongiovi (who would go on to co-found Power Station Studios with his cousin, John Bongiovi –a.k.a. Jon Bon Jovi), the Hit Factory was responsible for recording and producing many of the house classics featured in clubs at the time.

The legacy of Salsoul Records has been preserved and celebrated in the three-volume compilation series, Salsoul Mastermix, which features rare and unreleased tracks, as well as classics from the label released between 1974 and 1985. This collection serves as a reminder of the innovative spirit with which Salsoul Records approached the music business; a timeless dedication to quality.

To this day, Salsoul Records remains a leader in the dance music community, providing a valuable insight into the music and culture of this era. Their iconic productions and releases continue to be sampled, inspiring generations of producers, DJs, and dance music enthusiasts. The label has become one of the most influential voices in the genre and its timeless existence remains a testament to the innovation of one of the most important dance-music labels of all time.

Salsoul Records is a legendary dance-focused record label that made its mark in the 1970s and early 1980s.


Balearic Beat

In its truest sense, Balearic beat focuses less on any particular style of music and more on the song choices made by the DJ to keep patrons on dance floors or relaxing as they wine & dine. DJ sets by pioneering figures, like Alfredo Florito were anchored around relaxed, upbeat songs with a slow but solid beat from all genres, from pop and rock to soul, American and European disco, and electronic music.

Balearic beat also refers to a particular style of electronic dance music which influenced chill-out musical genres that followed in its wake.

Roots; Balearic beat, also known as just Balearic refers to an adventurous mix of dance music played at bars,  cafés & clubs on the island of Ibiza, part of Spain’s Balearic islands (hence the name), in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Fast forward to the 2020’s and it’s now a huge industry covering music, fashion, art & beyond.  

The breezy aesthetic of the Balearic sound—made all the more enjoyable by the sunny locations and sense of freedom they afforded—proved irresistible for vacationers and locals alike. More here – What is Balearic?

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