Various ‘Horse Meat Disco’ Vol. IV 2CD/2LP/Dig (Strut) 4/5

horse-meat-disco-vol-ivIf the title sounds tad off-putting, then the music on offer is invariably eclectic and overall excellent dance music material. For those not already aware of the format, HMD is in fact both a DJ collective and a weekly residency that takes place in London with monthly gigs in Berlin and elsewhere throughout Europe, and they are currently on a UK tour which is now in its latter stages until mid-September. The compilation series itself began way back in 2009 and has regularly showcased the slightly zanier side of boogie, electronica and even Euro disco for a crowd that knows its eclectic tastes and seeks out something a tad more underground. On this latest offering the music ranges from the classic disco complete with boogie bassline of ‘Candidate for Love’ by T.C. Curtis, which here receives a Joey Negro remix through to the electronica influenced (betraying a Giorgio Moroder feel) to Valerie Allington’s ‘Stop’ with soulful lead and background vocals. Overall, there is something of a 1980s with Opal’s ‘Ain’t no way’ sounding like it came out of the same stable as early SOS Band on ‘Take your time’, or even Lipps Inc’s ‘Funky Town’. In a slightly more laid back vein, though still a classy dancefloor mover, is Laura Taylor’s ‘Some Love’ which is at once melodic and incisive, and develops a head of steam as it progresses. There is a Kraftwerk homage of sorts by K.S.B. with ‘Misaluba’ while Phreek plus One’s ‘La Spirale’ samples the dancefloor diva Gwen Guthrie’s ‘I’m in love with you’. The two CD volume divides up into a first mixed array of sounds that plays like a non-stop DJ set whereas the second contains the unmixed full-length version tracks. Once again, a fine job of compiling some of the lesser known disco tunes and ultimately succeeding in avoiding formulaic dancefloor fodder.

Tim Stenhouse