The ballroom scene in NYC has survived in various forms since the 1960s as a focal point for gay and transgender African American expression. Named for the ballrooms groups of young people would rent out privately for their extravagant drag dance parties, ballroom, or “vogueing,” experienced a surge in popularity after Madonna’s hit Vogue thrust the scene into the public eye back in 1990. Since then, vogueing sank gently back into relative obscurity, but thanks to producers like MikeQ (pictured), Vjuan Allure, and Angel X, vogue in its current form of “vogue house” or “bitch house” is once again turning heads and gaining fans.
Night Slugs subsidiary Fade To Mind have proffered up a real treat here. The incredible, infectious energy of tracks like MikeQ’s The Master Blaster is something normally reserved for those firmly ensconced in the scene itself, but now we plebs are given a whole host of vogue to salivate over. Other highlights include one of Mike’s countless reworks of The Ha Dance, the 1991 track by Masters At Work that essentially created the vogue house style from scratch, as well as the face-melting Let It All Out featuring Jay Karan.
Still not enough for you? Never fear. MikeQ did an exclusive vogue mix for XLR8R last year that slipped under the radar of just about everyone. Scroll down for the links and give this one a proper hard listen if you know what’s good for you.
Altogether now. Strike a pose.