Spotify's celebrating UK queer club culture with a series of playlist takeovers.
Up until next week, three queer UK club nights and the founders, DJs and artists at the heart of them will curate Spotify's Queer Spaces playlist, which launched in summer last year.
The latest takeover comes from iconic house and disco night Glitterbox. The party's all about wide-eyed smiles, euphoria and - you guessed it - loads and loads of glitter. The sheer joy the party brings to venues all around the world runs through the playlist, from classics like David Morales' remix of Jamiroquai's 'Space Cowboy', D-Train's 'Walk On By' and Teena Marie's 'Square Biz' to newer jams like Kiddy Smile's 'Let A Bitch Know' and Fiorious' 'I'm Not Defeated', released on Glitterbox Recordings.
The Glitterbox takeover follows the last one by HE.SHE.THEY, an inclusive collective, label and promoter which describes itself as "a place without prejudice for people to be people." India Jordan's infectious 'And Groove', Octo Octa's 'Bodies Meld Together', Róisín Murphy's 'Something More', Spencer Parker's 'Sex' and CINTHIE's 'Just Us' were all included, as is an Eris Drew remix of Alanis Morissette's 'Reckoning', Janelle Monáe's 'Make Me Feel' and Anz's 'Loos In Twos (NRG)'.
Curators of that playlist included Louisahhh, whose track 'Love Is A Punk' featured, HE.SHE.THEY co-founders Sophia Kearney and Steven Braines, Wax Wings, whose track 'Reclaim Me' came out on the HE.SHE.THEY label last year, and HE.SHE.THEY resident DJ, SYREETA.
Before that, a takeover came from London's Savage Disco. The Bethnal Green club night - which describes itself as a 'late-night naughty disco' - chose 50 tracks, including artists such as Cerrone, Purple Disco Machine, Eurythmics, Cakes Da Killa, Pet Shop Boys (with 'Always On My Mind'), Horse Meat Disco, former Mixmag cover star ABSOLUTE. and the legendary Sylvester with the iconic 'You Make Me Feel'.
US-born drag queen Divine, Madonna and Róisín Murphy also featured. Curation came from the Savage Disco family, including resident DJ Jonjo Jury and artists NIMMO. Resident dancers Finn Love and Juni Da Moment and Head Of The Family Maxi More also contributed.
Listen to ‘Queer Spaces’ below.
[Photo: Jack Kimber]