Various Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-92

Various Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-92
Now entering their third decade, Soul Jazz has educated many an audiophile on the sounds of Studio One, Tropicália and Philly Soul with their series of genre-encompassing compilations. But with Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-92, the London, UK-based label may have come out with their most obscure retrospective yet. Voguing ― the late '80s disco resurgence dance style that infiltrated hip and fringe-worthy clubs ― now has its own ten-song soundtrack. Packaged with extensive liner notes and acting as a companion to Soul Jazz's photography book of the same name, the brevity of Voguing comes off as curious, if not a bit disappointing. Containing some underground classics, (Loose Joints' "Is it All Over My Face?," Kevin Aviance's "Cunty"), well-known names (Armand Van Helden, Malcom MacLaren) and bona fide hits (Cheryl Lynn's "Got to Be Real," Diana Ross's "Love Hangover"), Voguing isn't as underground and focused as some would hope. The music is excellent hi-NRG dance, but sadly, Madonna taught us more in five minutes than this comp manages to achieve in under an hour. (Soul Jazz)