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Horse Meat Disco, Honcho Residents 

When: Sat., June 25, 10 p.m. 2016
Price: $16, $14 before midnight, $12 in advance
Many of the acts associated with the mid-to-late-2000s disco revival have shifted course or slowed down (Hercules & Love Affair, Kelley Polar, LCD Soundsystem). Yet the London-based quartet Horse Meat Disco—the name doubles as a weekly Sunday-night residency at London gay club the Eagle—have maintained their devotion to the genre. DJs James Hillard, Luke Howard, Severino, and Jim Stanton have an unparalleled ability to unearth disco songs previously lost to the recesses of bargain bins and poppers-fogged memories: stuff like Italo-disco artist K.I.D’s “Hupendi Muziki Wangu?! (You Don’t Like My Music)” and Moesha actress Sheryl Lee Ralph’s 1984 club hit “In the Evening.” You can find these tracks and many others on HMD’S mix-CD series on Strut, the most recent installment of which, 2014’s Horse Meat Disco IV, is more flamboyant and focused than any other edition. In recent years Horse Meat Disco have focused more on touring, a RinseFM radio show, and their own edits—released on their eponymous imprint—but it’s their crate-digging chops that are of legend. And where most disco DJs keep things decidedly straighter—more postpunk and electro, sans gaudiness and glitz—HMD always reference the genre’s beginnings in gay clubs. There are few acts better suited to spin at Smart Bar on the night before the Pride Parade.
— Tal Rosenberg



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