Approaching Easter weekend last week responsibilities of ensuring it went well fell in the capable hands of Hi Ku, who welcomed down disco jammers Horse Meat Disco on Good Friday.
Honestly knowing little about the quartet before heading down to Xolo, the security lay in the promise of disco – a genre you can rarely go wrong with. And certainly the promise of warm friendly vibes were met immediately, with many already filling the floor to sounds of the Hi Ku residents as I entered the club. Great selections of funk and disco streamed out of the clubs Funktion 1 sound system early on – myself peaking with the nostalgic dropping of Bileo ‘You Can Win’ made famous by Motor City Drum Ensemble in Dekmantel last year. Supported by the sounds of Soul Jam head honcho Sleazus Christ aka Jack Pearce, the Hi Ku residents continue to impress in their ability to complement the artists they invite down setting the tone appropriate to their styles.
With the residents doing their bit, the venue itself proved to be an oddly suitable choice for night as well: looking significantly better than its days as Subspace, the club was split into two sections the club comprised of a front room dance area split off by back room seating / chill out area. Whilst the back section initially felt like wasted area, the compactness of the dancefloor worked well in creating an intimate vibe. The crowd was refreshingly up-for-it and eclectic, owing to Horse Meat Disco’s broader appeal and the venues popularity with the non-student audience – both choices making a lot of sense considering the lack of student presence over Easter.
Horse Meat Disco stepped up around 1ish, and showed no restraint in dipping straight into classic euphoric disco anthems glossed in soulful vocals and exuberant instrumentals. Whilst briefly worried about the night prematurely descending into a cheesefest, the quartet soon showcased their ever-growing reputation of infusing the wonderful and weird ranges of the genre. Cheers frequently erupted from the crowd throughout the set, especially with the playing of a Moodymann ‘Shades of Jae’ remix (potentially the Dimitri from Tokyo edit).
Again a great night hosted by Hi Ku; Xolo’s not a place that I can see being continually enjoyable to go to but considering the content and context of last Friday, it proved a great choice.
Xolo, 3 April 2015
– Calum Carey