Horse Meat's latest mix, released on Strut, follows hot on the heels of 2009's ace selection and showcases yet another collection of tunes that have kept the club's dedicated followers bouncing over the years. Those who loved Vol. 1 won't be disappointed. It draws on the same rich seam of obscure, yet instantly recognisable string-laden disco stompers. It begins with the languid camp clarion call to arms of "First Be a Woman," which sounds like it was made to soundtrack the first attempts of the inner cross-dresser in all of us smearing on eyeliner before heading out for a wild Sunday night on the tiles.
Their selection only picks up from there, taking in the crackling strut of Cyclade's "Fire to Desire" or the ass-wiggling Italo of "Touch Me Now" by Bravo. They even manage to incorporate electronically-tinged rock in the form of Madleen Kane's "Cherchez Pas" and their own re-edit of Nightfall's "Nighttime Boogie." Somehow these elderly tunes still sound fresh, due in no small part to HMD's deft touch with a mix. The quartet has been hot to trot for some years, but Horse Meat Disco II proves that they have plenty more gems to bring to our attention.