Horse Meat Disco

Horse Meat Disco

Horse Meat Disco

Horse Meat Disco

Strut

It could be 1974 all over again with this 16-cut disc of revived disco dancing fever. The sounds are drum-heavy with soaring brass lines and even higher-flying vocals. Each cut reeks of polyester leisure suits and clingy dresses with Ginger Rogers weighing in the hems. It’s an amazingly consistent collection, making it nearly impossible to point to a standout or a loser cut. The collection reminds one of a Quaalude-and-tequila-sunrise-polished night of dancing in a club with flashing floors called The Paradise Pit or Studio Oconomowoc. Opening track “Detour” by Karen Young opens with an laconic guitar line and a wacka-wacka bass underlining a 2 1/2 octave Casio keyboard and singing the story of a man who swerved away from Ms. Young. TJM’s “Put Yourself In My Place” sings “You don’t realize the pain you put me through” as trumpets punch out a dance line and a chorus wags their finger reminding you to “…put yourself in my place — try it, baby!” The energy continues to rise with “Love Bite” by the Richard Hewson Orchestra, promising to “Take us all the way down.” There’s an orgasm and a coke rush in each cut, taking us on a complete sonic journey from cut 2 to cut 16. If there’s a flaw here, it’s the incoherent spoken word “Ribs 303 Phone Message” that opens the disc with a bloke describing a glass unicorn crashing on to the dance floor. Hallucinatory to be sure, but I’d put the warning at the end, rather than spoil the fun of a night at the Horse Meat Disco.

Strut Records: www.strut-records.com • Horse Meat Disco: www.hosrsemeatdisco-thealbum.com

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