Various Artists Horse Meat Disco IV

Various Artists Horse Meat Disco IV
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London-based DJ collective Horse Meat Disco can always be counted on to deliver the best in rare and contemporary disco, and the fourth instalment of their eponymous series doesn't disappoint. Opal's funk-driven 1983 gem "Ain't No Way," which features the sassy vocals of Brenda Watts, opens the mix, and the best cuts veer toward soulful early 1980s underground post-disco. L'Amour featuring Krystal's "Let's Make Love Tonight" is a straight-up electro-boogie classic with shimmering synthesizers that bathe the track with an erotic chill and Vallery Allington's "Stop," originating from Italy, marries cosmic Italo-disco with funky bass-driven syncopation.

Bob Marley and KC & the Sunshine Band collaborator King Sporty (a.k.a. Noel Williams) & The Root Rockers' "Get On Down" captures the steamy side of Miami's sunshine soundm while Washington D.C.'s Cleavage's "Barah" (which cops the bass line from Cymande's "Bra") has a contagious go-go influenced groove. Not everything here works — Shahid Mustaf MC's needless reworking of Parliament's "Getting To Know You" simply doesn't improve on the original — but exclusive mixes like Joey Negro vs. Horse Meat Disco's "Candidate For Love" should ignite the dance floor. (Strut)