V/A - Horse Meat Disco III
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These guys have a propensity to dig deep, party all over the globe and mix disco-fantastic tunes is getting to become beyond legendary!
If you’ve not come across their rampant stallion emblem predecessors Horse Meat Disco and Horse Meat Disco II (erm.. where have you been?) you’re in for a mega double CD party of disco balls and uplifting dancefloor action as James Hillard (ex-Nuphonic), Jim Stanton (ex-Jockey Slut), DJ Severino (CODEX) and Luke Howard (aka Filthy Luka) bring out their big gun boogie on down favourites.
And whilst there’s loads of groovy old stuff, these guys aren’t welded to the past like say the Northern Soul scene (Old Room) as we find that CD1 is packed with some modern days edits and remixes. You can’t get much better than the opener Jimmy Briscoes ‘Into The Milky Way’ (as edited by Felix Dickinson) but they do.
Whether your nu-disco don, Todd Terje (getting on top of Claudja Barry with a whole funk pile driver of clavinet and a big string section) or DJ Harvey (fresh from his new project Locussolus; and ‘I Want It) gets some Bryne/Eno inspiration (one of Taking Heads fineist moments) or Leftside Wooble (here with a pumpin’ version of ‘Heard It Through The Grapevine’ mix but worth checking out all his remixes), a Ron Hardy edit and a Severino electro dub disco mix.
Anything a bit more jazzy? ‘Erodiscotique - Downtown’ (a Dimitri From Paris and DJ Rocca collaboration) gets a bit flutey but it’s mostly heavy basslines, big divas (like Suzy Q, Ava ‘Ride On Me’ Cherry), funky guitars and synths, big strings, bangin’ keys, bongos and [more] cow bells.
You get my drift that Horse Meat Disco are just not prepared to take the foot of the gas as its non-stop thumpin’ and pumpin’; Ava Cherry’s ‘You Never Loved Me’ is a prime example of why this album is so good.
If you’re checking out the tracklisting you might raise an eye brow at Tom Trago (one of Rush Hour’s finest), Wild Geese (erm?) and Raphael Cameron (who?) but Yam Who? couldn’t be more at home here and this sort of variety is all part of the great adventure that is Horse Meat Disco.
Over on CD2 first mention mst go to the sad loss of Loleatta Holloway who is featured on Salsoul Orchestra’s ‘Seconds’. If you’ve not checked out Gilles Peterson’s podcast tribute, I urge you and you’ll hear that Norman Jay MBE will be dedicating his Good Times appearance at the Notting Hill Festival to her memory (and what our for Norman Jay’s Good Times 30 compilation on STRUT coming out in mid July)
As an aside, Norman’s mate (and football club opposite) this week played ‘Ring My Bell’ on his show and that always sounds good to me (see links below)
More importantly CD2 is packed with some heavyweight crossover tracks that either couldn’t resist the disco $ at the time (Idris Muhammad, Gene Chandler) or were totally disco from their inception like Sylvester (classic ‘Give It Up’ - even nite clubs in Tottenham would be playing this when it came out), T.S.Monk (and yes, he is related) and Two Tons Of Fun!
Fans of Idris must be amazed at how, lets say “Broadway”, ‘For Your Love’ is but it’s my favourite on the second CD.
If you’re still think disco is Rod Stewart looking ridiculous in leopard skin print tights (or even worse, Kenny Everett) check out the website as there’s a free 30 Minute mix available to download (www.horsemeatdisco-thealbum.com) and there’s a doucmently by the excellent Brook Lapping (the same people who brought you Into the Music Library introduced by Jonny Trunk), The Politics of Dancing: How Disco Changed the World presented by Martha Reeves on Radio 4 tomorrow; Disco gets the recognition it deserves - and it’s great to dance to.
Reviewed: V/A - Horse Meat Disco III (Mixed by Residents James Hillard, Jim Stanton, Severino & Filthy Luka) (Strut) Cat. No. STRUT081CD Release date: 4th July 2011
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