- Audio CD (10 Aug. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD
- Label: Republic of Music
- ASIN: B002BBFF4W
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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HORSE MEAT DISCO CD
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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. --Ian Wade
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Ranging from the late 70's0mid 80's its a mix of straight up disco tunes and more boogie based 80's stuff. Some of the quality sonically varies a lot. Some tracks like the Sheryl lee ralph track sounds fresh and mastered from the original tapes etc..whilst other tracks like Gregg Diamonds Danger and Tamiko jones Let it flow sound mudy and clearly taken from bad vinyl copies..so its a mixed bag in that respect but the tunes are great.
I look forward to more stuff from these guys.
Also, when this kind of noise shaping rears its ugly head, the effect of the stereo is destroyed.
So when I saw this mix CD by HMD I had to get it straight away and it did not disappoint. It surprised me how good most of the tracks are that were still relatively unheard of (well, by me and a lot of my mates anyway).
The mix opens with a bizarre but hilarious phone message titled "Ribbs 303". I won't explain, just listen. It then moves swiftly into the epic "Deetour" by Karen Young. This is a massive disco tune and sets the standard.
This is followed neatly by "Disco Jam" which ups the tempo and then into Larry Levan's mix of Smokey Robinson's `And I don't love you' which is simply sublime (which is no surprise as most anything that is touched by Larry Levan is). This is mixed nicely into what has become one of my favourite disco tracks ever. The very brilliantly named "Hupendi Muziki Wengu (you don't like my music) by K.I.D. The first time I heard this track I was totally blown away. It's just amazing. And if you need to know what House music, especially the funky/soulful side, owes to disco then listen to this. It is the complete blueprint.
"It's Alright" by Gene Soccio adds some funk and sleaze to the mix which flows into "In the evening" by Sheryl Lee Ralph which I can only assume would have been a massive gay/disco diva anthem back in the day. The lyrics "In the evening, the real me comes alive, I can feel it and it's something that I can't describe.......". You can just imagine all the gay guys and women that in the day were unemployed or worked dull, dead-end jobs only to become a whole new personality when they got into the club under the disco lights. The people that took on their disco character or alter-ego would have loved this track.
Manhattan by Laura Greene is just spell-bounding and takes you directly to the heart and soul of NYC at night and this is woven neatly into "Love me tonight' by Fern Kinney which is arguably one of the finest, sleekest produced and most solid disco tracks ever made (well, that's my opinion anyway!). This track is simply beautiful.
One thing about this CD is that virtually every track could and should have been a massive mainstream disco hit. But that's the beauty of it. All of these tracks remained underground and in the clubs where they were born and belonged. The artists and producers didn't run to the mainstream market. They stayed loyal to the disco. And that's probably why unless you are a complete disco efficianado then you may not have heard a lot of these tracks so their impact is double.
So in a nutshell this little CD is a piece of musical history. The beats, funk, strings and brass on the tracks takes you direct to NYC during the disco fever years and the mix really gives you a feel for exactly what was being played and danced to back in the day. The mix is uplifting, funky, sleazy, melodic and allows you to understand the spiritual atmosphere created in those famous and seminal clubs of NYC in the `70's and '80's.
Technically the mix is excellent. Mixing disco is not one of the easiest genre's to master but HMD have it off to a tee. Great track selection all through and neat, tidy mixing allows the mix to flow freely and efficiently.
On a side note the inside booklet is very interesting and gives you a brief history of disco, how HMD was created and about some of their famous club nights. There is also a DJ friendly 2nd CD which is not mixed.
For any disco fan this is a must. But I think also for any fan of House music they should get this to go back and join the dots from where the music they listen to today was born.
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