Sleaze Volume One by DJ Luke Howard

The good news about Luke Howard’s, “Sleaze” disco mixes? – There are fifteen volumes in this expertly curated disco reference tool. How wonderful to have an encyclopedic knowledge! Personally I am downloading all of them twice and having one set etched onto titanium plates as binary code then stored very deep underground at a classified location. The other set I’ll be mounting in the meditation room of my sacred disco temple where I frequently commune with and keep up with the dearly departed dancers from The Saint. Oh yes, they are still dancing and yes, Gay, there is flag dancing in heaven….it’s not easy because a lot of these guys have those big wings…sort of like the circuit queens’ costumes but…well they’re not actually costume wings…anyway…wings can make a lot of the old flagging moves difficult due to tangling, lost feathers, even broken wings from what I heard during last week’s session. oh yes girl, it’s heaven in heaven but shit still happens…from what I hear…and girl, did you hear who nearly fell through her cloud at last week’s High Tea?…I mean, how high does she need to be? This is heaven…top floor sweetie…GET OFF THE ELEVATOR! Bitch is dead and gone and still nearly killing herself on the dancefloor….she IS sweet though.

HERE IS YOUR SLEAZE DISCO ENCYCLOPEDIA by LUKE HOWARD

I hope I don’t die before I listen to all of them because they only have harps in heaven and I love a harp but I mean…all the time?…forever? No. I need my disco down here on earth.

Joanne Daniels – After The Rainbow 12″ – 1985 Genre Defining Hi-NRG

Pure, vintage eighty-five Hi NRG right here, kids.

Bodymap adopted this track for their show in 1985 and it became our “must dance” track for the season. That year they brought their show to the Palladium in NYC. This track reminds me of those shows, foreign dancefloors, coming home exhausted at dawn and being ready for another night out by sundown.

Hi-NRG. It’ll wear you out.

Lorraine McKane – Let The Night Take The Blame

I can’t believe I forgot to play this at the Laforce and Stevens party at The Eagle…

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This is truly classic gay disco. It’s like disco Scarlatti. The arpeggios in the breakdown bring the classical drama and the arrangement is superior. The feeling is melancholy but energized – fully alive. The lyrics encourage abandoning your concepts of your own lifetime and living only for “these few hours.” Wow. As I look at it now what seemed then to be so shallow and fleeting appears to be so deep and enduring… or am I (still) just too much?

Ladies and gentlemen, from 1984 and Beyond, Profile Records recording artist, Miss Lorraine McKane

coming up! Earlene Bentley. And now back to your DJ, Anonymous.

Smart and Swishy PURE HIGH DISCO from DJ DiscoNRG

This DJ knows what time it is. This mix is one of the best I have heard in a long time. It’s so great to find a disco mix without the elementary disco party crap like “Shame” or “Knock On Wood.” There is no “YMCA” in this mix. “Dancing Queen” will not be found. This DJ understands this genre of Disco perfectly – his segue from the ultra insane “Romeo and Juliet” by Alec R. Constandinos into Cerrone’s “Give Me Love” is cerebral because Constandinos actually produced “Give Me Love!” I stopped on the sidewalk and threw my arms up shouting, “double-play!,” when I heard “Pride” by Grace Jones and yes there IS Amanda Lear in here.

This mix reminds me of very expensive Italian slip-ons and a whiff of fine French cologne. Easy dancing with a beautiful partner somewhere in mid-town.  To me, this kind of disco is like a silk charmeuse lining – it skims over your body and heats up with a little motion. HEAVEN

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