Horse Meat Disco - Horse Meat Disco

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  • Horse Meat Disco is without doubt the most important disco club night in the world. The night's wide-ranging music policy, focus on production details and an outrageous polysexual crowd have made HMD the darling of the music press and switched on clubbers alike. Their regular Sunday night parties at The Eagle, a rather innocuous and small gay bar in Vauxhall, have been pushing the disco envelope for over five years and fostered a wildly receptive crowd that the scene's leading DJ's actively look forward to playing in front of. However, it's perhaps Horse Meat's appearances at boutique festivals and clubs that's given the night its most exposure in the UK—turning swathes of unexpectant clubbers onto string-laden disco stompers at Secretsundaze, Glastonbury and Fabric. In every sense of the word Horse Meat Disco are at the forefront of the so-called disco revival. It is with much anticipation then, that the HMD posse drop their first compilation on Strut records. Although you can regularly hear deep house, Italo, acid and early electro funk at any Horse Meat night; the sound that really optimises the club is soulful and often retro-tinged disco. So much so that the DJ's like Daniel Wang and Tim Sweeney completely tailor their sets towards the crowd and talk about (in Wang's words) "Horse Meat Disco classics that you can only get away with in that gay kind of setting." While some disco aficionados tend to go for selections and edits that leave out the cheesy lyrics and overtly camp solos, Horse Meat's DJ's tend to leave them in. This is clearly displayed from the word go. Karen Jones' "Deetour" is a poppy psychedelic number that has none of the pump of a house track—at around 100 BPM, it's simply luscious funk filled disco. The record is preceded by what has to be one of oddest openers to any compilation ever. A rambling phone message from a spangled Horse Meat Disco fan telling the tale of how he was abducted, post-party, by a "giant glass unicorn" and whisked off to see the ghost of Ron Hardy playing in a basement flat. To boot, the crazed but highly amusing ramblings are apparently genuine—giving you some idea the effect a Sunday night down The Eagle can have on some people. From then on we are treated to a string of obscure but highly danceable disco records. Whether it's mid-tempo funk rarities (Empire Project Penny, Laura Greene) percussive Afro numbers (Eddie Drennon) or more Italo-influenced sounds (Ginno Soccio, Sheryl Lee Ralph), the mix never loses its groove despite focusing on "songs" rather than tracks or DJ tools. As a set of deep disco cuts, this is an excellent selection. Few of the included tracks have been widely available on vinyl, digitally or even placed on compilations before. Whether you're an avid slave to the Horse Meat way of life or just a music fan looking to delve a little deeper into the disco sound, this compilation is a great place to start.
  • Tracklist
      CD 1: Mixed by Jim Stanton and James Hilliard 01. Craig's phone message 02. Karen Young - Deetour 03. Eddie Drennon - Disco Jam 04. Empire Projecting Penny – Freakman 05. Smokey Robinson – And I Don’t Love You (Larry Levan Instrumental Dub) 06. K.I.D - Hupendi Muziki Wangu?! (You Don’t Like My Music) 07. Gino Soccio – It’s Alright 08. The Two Tons - I Depend On You 09. Sheryl Lee Ralph - In The Evening 10. Gregg Diamond - Danger 11. Plaza - (Got My) Dancing Shoes 12. TJM - Put Yourself In My Place 13. The Richard Hewson Orchestra - Love Bite 14. Laura Greene - Manhattan 15. Fern Kinney - Love Me Tonight 16. Tamiko Jones - Let It Flow CD 2: Unmixed 01. Karen Young – Deetour (Party mix) 02. Smokey Robinson – And I Don’t Love You (Larry Levan Instrumental Dub) 03. Empire Projecting Penny – Freakman 04. Eddie Drennon - Disco Jam 05. Richard Hewson Orchestra – Love Bite 06. K.I.D - Hupendi Muziki Wangu?! (You Don’t Like My Music) 07. Gino Soccio - It's Alright 08. The Two Tons – I Depend On You 09. Plaza – (Got My) Dancing Shoes 10. Gregg Diamond – Danger 11. Sheryl Lee Ralph – In The Evening 12. Tamiko Jones – Let It Flow