Escapist disco and recession have gone together since the sound was forged in grim, late-1970s New York, so the UK's premier Studio 54 revivalists have shown expert timing by waiting to release their first mix CD. Rather than encouraging afro wigs and flares, Horse Meat Disco has revived various strands of underground dance since 2003. The club night has gained influence and popularity more recently since it found its home in Vauxhall, south London's gay village, and thrived as a mixed-sex haven. Along the way, HMD has helped rescue disco from hen-night ignominy. Now it is part of a fully-fledged movement that ranges from the sophisticated productions of Hercules & Love Affair to the more chilled Scandinavian exponents of cosmic disco.
To put out its first compilation, HMD hooked up with the ever-tasteful Strut label that has championed the leftfield with its Disco Italia compilation. The Sunday shindig's own disc brims with rarities, from the mid-tempo boogie of Empire Projecting Penny, through K.I.D.'s mesmerising Afro grooves to an expansive Italo production courtesy of Gino Soccio.
Household names are rare. Smokey Robinson appears on a dub remix and you might know the Two Tons better as the Weather Girls. Nevertheless, its launch party on Sunday at the club's current home, Eagle London, is bound to be rammed. The following Saturday may be more convivial, as HMD host the main arena at Milk in the Park, a celebration of the gay rights activist Harvey Milk, one pioneer remembering another.
'Horse Meat Disco' is released on 10 August on Strut.Reuse content