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Various Artists Horse Meat Disco Review

Compilation. Released 2009.  

BBC Review

So magical that it can turn any occasion, however mundane, into a polysexual cosmic disco

Ian Wade 2009

Horse Meat Disco, a quick guide: for the last six years, Jim Stanton and James Hillard, along with Severino and Filthy Luka, have steadily built a great reputation amongst London’s club scenesters, moving from Chinatown to their current home at The Eagle in Kennington. They’re fast becoming legends in the history of London nightlife, and are now setting their sights on taking over the world.

Operating on so many levels of amazing, Horse Meat Disco is the joint to head to, whatever the angle of your dangle. It’s a sublime place where the cosmic, the hairy, the naked and downright fabulous can be free and far out. Their NYC Downlow events are fast becoming highlights of both Glastonbury and Lovebox, too – imagine something akin to the movie Cruising (minus the stabbings, natch) featuring an alley filled with trannies, hookers and leather boys in a generally debauched atmosphere. It's fair to say it’s slightly more alluring than watching Scouting For Girls in the drizzle.

Now, finally, the good boys of HMD have released their first proper compilation. Filled with the essence of what makes a memorable night out, the mix encapsulates the finest crate-dug gems of 70s/80s disco. Anyone with a taste for the lesser-known names of the Casablanca and TK stables, and acts such as Gino Soccio, Karen Young and Fern Kinney will be absolutely enraptured. Highlights in a boogie-friendly collection of thrills include a rare-as-hens-teeth Larry Levan dub mix of Smokey Robinson's And I Don't Love You; Two Tons O' Fun’s I Depend On You (the group later became The Weather Girls); and the tremendous, floor-destroying anthem In The Evening by Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Throw in possibly the greatest introduction to a mix album ever – we won’t spoil the surprise – and you have something quite magical that can turn any occasion, however mundane, into a polysexual cosmic disco wonderland.

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