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Hercules And Love Affair – Hercules And Love Affair (2008)

//ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Fsb6pk-0L._AA240_.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Hercules & Love Affair is not some Greek masterpiece mixed with some sappy Soap Opera.

Then again, perhaps it is.

It’s also the handle of one Andrew Butler, along with Antony, Nomi, and Kim Ann.

Andrew Butler emerged from making music for college-based dance projects into a fully-fledged recording artist, via the New York art scene. He hooked up with his friends from there and got them to collaborate and sing his songs and Hercules & Love Affair is the result.

Antony rose to prominence when he won 2005’s Mercury Music Prize and this is a major step into a new area… a disco-influenced mix of glamour and melancholy, happiness and clubbing that has sprung out of the mutual worlds of Andrew and Antony, Kim Ann and Nomi.

Nomi is a native New Yorker who met Andrew at one of Antony’s performances years ago. She has performed with the likes of Debbie Harry and Cocorosie alongside longstanding recording collaborations with various NY DJs and hip hop artists. Her autobiographical debut album ‘Lost In Lust’ has been compared to a cross between Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA on beats and Sade on vocals.

Here Nomi lends her voice to the seductive ‘You Belong’. Brooklyn-based Kim Ann Foxmann’s career as acid-house DJ, jewellery designer and singer has its roots in the legendary San Francisco club scene of the early/mid-nineties. Shortly after her move to NYC, she started throwing dance music/art parties and gave Andrew his first residency that lasted 3 years. He in turn provided her with her first pair of turntables, which led her to start DJ’ing.

They have been regular collaborators ever since, engaging in art activities of all sorts and seeing her become part of NYC’s nightlife glitterati with a distinct vocal style. Check out ‘Athene’ to hear her in full swing… Hercules & Love Affair is 2008’s most exciting dancefloor concoction, an arthouse vision of pure pop by way of futuristic electronica and classic dance music, where beautiful, bruising harmonies and tensile rhythms collide in resurgent soundscapes and emotive disco workouts.

The album is co-produced by Andrew Butler with Tim Goldsworthy of DFA at Plantain Studios in the midst of Manhattan, New York City.

Hercules & Love Affair
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York.

The lineup: Andrew Butler (DJ, producer) plus collaborators Antony, Nomi and Kim Ann.

The background: “Experimental disco” would seem to be a contradiction in terms, trying to apply Ideas and A Strategy to a music whose raison d’etre has always been, to paraphrase the original disco dolly, that “only when you’re dancing do you feel this free” – “free” as in unencumbered by thought or intellect or indeed anything but the desire to sustain the body’s perpetual motion. But there is a long and illustrious lineage of clever-clogs club music, and in fact it could reasonably be argued that the history of dance music, from Motown and Philly to Chic, Jam & Lewis and beyond to today’s Timbaland and Neptunes, is really the story of brainiac behind-scenes (male) technicians contriving illusorily intuitive melodies and rhythms for women to sing and dance to.

All of which brings us to Hercules & Love Affair, a fancy cover for a New York producer/DJ called Andrew Butler, who a couple of years back decided to make the leap from college-based dance projects to fully-fledged recording artist, via the NYC art scene. His debut album is co-produced by himself and Tim Goldsworthy of DFA at Plantain Studios in Manhattan, and yet, with vocal contributions from Antony (of & the Johnsons), a woman called Nomi whose own debut album Lost In Lust was described as “Sade meets Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA”, and acid-house DJ/singer Kim Ann, it sounds quite unlike that LCD-affiliated production unit’s usual punk-funk. The latter’s track Athene, for example, sounds like Sylvester’s Mighty Real in a mighty murk, and like much of the album evokes Arthur Russell’s woozy psych-disco, Kevin Saunderson’s Inner City, and old Chicago house only with a 2008 matte varnish.

Mostly it sounds like proper late-70s disco. Not the camp glitterball retro electro-pop of Kylie circa Spinning Round, but actual underground disco, like something long-lost from the vaults of the Loft or the Paradise Garage, real 1977-78 vintage stuff. Hercules’ Theme is the highpoint and absolutely the best thing Antony has ever put his mannered croon to, with its Cerrone-style strings, muted horn parps and production sound so authentic you fully expect John Travolta to come sashaying across your field of vision. Opening track Time Will is slower and sadder, locating the melancholy at the heart of the dance. Then there’s You Belong, which recalls classic Salsoul, or Inner City’s Good Life, only with all the goodness and life sucked out of it. It sounds pleasingly enervated: dance music as debilitating fever, or something.

The buzz: “H&LA will make you believe 70s disco-funk never happened. Ever.”

The truth: It manages to sound arty and authentically disco-tastic.

Most likely to: Start a “Reopen Studio 54” campaign.

Least likely to: Inspire Bianca Jagger to remount that white horse.

File next to: Arthur Russell, Inner City, Grace Jones, Ze Records.

What to buy: The single Blind is released on March 3 by DFA/EMI, with the album Hercules & Love Affair to follow on March 10.

Links: MySpace page

guardian.co.uk


Tracklisting

1. Time Will
2. Hercules Theme
3. You Belong
4. Athene
5. Blind
6. Iris
7. Easy
8. This Is My Love
9. Raise Me Up
10. True False/Fake Real

Here is Blind from youtube:

Here be Hercules:

http://link-protector.com/419145/

Banzai !!


February 22, 2008 Posted by | Hercules And Love Affair, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Hercules And Love Affair – Hercules And Love Affair (2008)

The image “https://i2.wp.com/ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Fsb6pk-0L._AA240_.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Hercules & Love Affair is not some Greek masterpiece mixed with some sappy Soap Opera.

Then again, perhaps it is.

It’s also the handle of one Andrew Butler, along with Antony, Nomi, and Kim Ann.

Andrew Butler emerged from making music for college-based dance projects into a fully-fledged recording artist, via the New York art scene. He hooked up with his friends from there and got them to collaborate and sing his songs and Hercules & Love Affair is the result.

Antony rose to prominence when he won 2005’s Mercury Music Prize and this is a major step into a new area… a disco-influenced mix of glamour and melancholy, happiness and clubbing that has sprung out of the mutual worlds of Andrew and Antony, Kim Ann and Nomi.

Nomi is a native New Yorker who met Andrew at one of Antony’s performances years ago. She has performed with the likes of Debbie Harry and Cocorosie alongside longstanding recording collaborations with various NY DJs and hip hop artists. Her autobiographical debut album ‘Lost In Lust’ has been compared to a cross between Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA on beats and Sade on vocals.

Here Nomi lends her voice to the seductive ‘You Belong’. Brooklyn-based Kim Ann Foxmann’s career as acid-house DJ, jewellery designer and singer has its roots in the legendary San Francisco club scene of the early/mid-nineties. Shortly after her move to NYC, she started throwing dance music/art parties and gave Andrew his first residency that lasted 3 years. He in turn provided her with her first pair of turntables, which led her to start DJ’ing.

They have been regular collaborators ever since, engaging in art activities of all sorts and seeing her become part of NYC’s nightlife glitterati with a distinct vocal style. Check out ‘Athene’ to hear her in full swing… Hercules & Love Affair is 2008’s most exciting dancefloor concoction, an arthouse vision of pure pop by way of futuristic electronica and classic dance music, where beautiful, bruising harmonies and tensile rhythms collide in resurgent soundscapes and emotive disco workouts.

The album is co-produced by Andrew Butler with Tim Goldsworthy of DFA at Plantain Studios in the midst of Manhattan, New York City.

Hercules & Love Affair
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York.

The lineup: Andrew Butler (DJ, producer) plus collaborators Antony, Nomi and Kim Ann.

The background: “Experimental disco” would seem to be a contradiction in terms, trying to apply Ideas and A Strategy to a music whose raison d’etre has always been, to paraphrase the original disco dolly, that “only when you’re dancing do you feel this free” – “free” as in unencumbered by thought or intellect or indeed anything but the desire to sustain the body’s perpetual motion. But there is a long and illustrious lineage of clever-clogs club music, and in fact it could reasonably be argued that the history of dance music, from Motown and Philly to Chic, Jam & Lewis and beyond to today’s Timbaland and Neptunes, is really the story of brainiac behind-scenes (male) technicians contriving illusorily intuitive melodies and rhythms for women to sing and dance to.

All of which brings us to Hercules & Love Affair, a fancy cover for a New York producer/DJ called Andrew Butler, who a couple of years back decided to make the leap from college-based dance projects to fully-fledged recording artist, via the NYC art scene. His debut album is co-produced by himself and Tim Goldsworthy of DFA at Plantain Studios in Manhattan, and yet, with vocal contributions from Antony (of & the Johnsons), a woman called Nomi whose own debut album Lost In Lust was described as “Sade meets Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA”, and acid-house DJ/singer Kim Ann, it sounds quite unlike that LCD-affiliated production unit’s usual punk-funk. The latter’s track Athene, for example, sounds like Sylvester’s Mighty Real in a mighty murk, and like much of the album evokes Arthur Russell’s woozy psych-disco, Kevin Saunderson’s Inner City, and old Chicago house only with a 2008 matte varnish.

Mostly it sounds like proper late-70s disco. Not the camp glitterball retro electro-pop of Kylie circa Spinning Round, but actual underground disco, like something long-lost from the vaults of the Loft or the Paradise Garage, real 1977-78 vintage stuff. Hercules’ Theme is the highpoint and absolutely the best thing Antony has ever put his mannered croon to, with its Cerrone-style strings, muted horn parps and production sound so authentic you fully expect John Travolta to come sashaying across your field of vision. Opening track Time Will is slower and sadder, locating the melancholy at the heart of the dance. Then there’s You Belong, which recalls classic Salsoul, or Inner City’s Good Life, only with all the goodness and life sucked out of it. It sounds pleasingly enervated: dance music as debilitating fever, or something.

The buzz: “H&LA will make you believe 70s disco-funk never happened. Ever.”

The truth: It manages to sound arty and authentically disco-tastic.

Most likely to: Start a “Reopen Studio 54” campaign.

Least likely to: Inspire Bianca Jagger to remount that white horse.

File next to: Arthur Russell, Inner City, Grace Jones, Ze Records.

What to buy: The single Blind is released on March 3 by DFA/EMI, with the album Hercules & Love Affair to follow on March 10.

Links: MySpace page

guardian.co.uk


Tracklisting

1. Time Will
2. Hercules Theme
3. You Belong
4. Athene
5. Blind
6. Iris
7. Easy
8. This Is My Love
9. Raise Me Up
10. True False/Fake Real

Here is Blind from youtube:

Here be Hercules:

http://link-protector.com/419145/

Banzai !!


February 22, 2008 Posted by | Hercules And Love Affair, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Hercules And Love Affair – Hercules And Love Affair (2008)

The image “https://i2.wp.com/ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Fsb6pk-0L._AA240_.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Hercules & Love Affair is not some Greek masterpiece mixed with some sappy Soap Opera.

Then again, perhaps it is.

It’s also the handle of one Andrew Butler, along with Antony, Nomi, and Kim Ann.

Andrew Butler emerged from making music for college-based dance projects into a fully-fledged recording artist, via the New York art scene. He hooked up with his friends from there and got them to collaborate and sing his songs and Hercules & Love Affair is the result.

Antony rose to prominence when he won 2005’s Mercury Music Prize and this is a major step into a new area… a disco-influenced mix of glamour and melancholy, happiness and clubbing that has sprung out of the mutual worlds of Andrew and Antony, Kim Ann and Nomi.

Nomi is a native New Yorker who met Andrew at one of Antony’s performances years ago. She has performed with the likes of Debbie Harry and Cocorosie alongside longstanding recording collaborations with various NY DJs and hip hop artists. Her autobiographical debut album ‘Lost In Lust’ has been compared to a cross between Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA on beats and Sade on vocals.

Here Nomi lends her voice to the seductive ‘You Belong’. Brooklyn-based Kim Ann Foxmann’s career as acid-house DJ, jewellery designer and singer has its roots in the legendary San Francisco club scene of the early/mid-nineties. Shortly after her move to NYC, she started throwing dance music/art parties and gave Andrew his first residency that lasted 3 years. He in turn provided her with her first pair of turntables, which led her to start DJ’ing.

They have been regular collaborators ever since, engaging in art activities of all sorts and seeing her become part of NYC’s nightlife glitterati with a distinct vocal style. Check out ‘Athene’ to hear her in full swing… Hercules & Love Affair is 2008’s most exciting dancefloor concoction, an arthouse vision of pure pop by way of futuristic electronica and classic dance music, where beautiful, bruising harmonies and tensile rhythms collide in resurgent soundscapes and emotive disco workouts.

The album is co-produced by Andrew Butler with Tim Goldsworthy of DFA at Plantain Studios in the midst of Manhattan, New York City.

Hercules & Love Affair
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York.

The lineup: Andrew Butler (DJ, producer) plus collaborators Antony, Nomi and Kim Ann.

The background: “Experimental disco” would seem to be a contradiction in terms, trying to apply Ideas and A Strategy to a music whose raison d’etre has always been, to paraphrase the original disco dolly, that “only when you’re dancing do you feel this free” – “free” as in unencumbered by thought or intellect or indeed anything but the desire to sustain the body’s perpetual motion. But there is a long and illustrious lineage of clever-clogs club music, and in fact it could reasonably be argued that the history of dance music, from Motown and Philly to Chic, Jam & Lewis and beyond to today’s Timbaland and Neptunes, is really the story of brainiac behind-scenes (male) technicians contriving illusorily intuitive melodies and rhythms for women to sing and dance to.

All of which brings us to Hercules & Love Affair, a fancy cover for a New York producer/DJ called Andrew Butler, who a couple of years back decided to make the leap from college-based dance projects to fully-fledged recording artist, via the NYC art scene. His debut album is co-produced by himself and Tim Goldsworthy of DFA at Plantain Studios in Manhattan, and yet, with vocal contributions from Antony (of & the Johnsons), a woman called Nomi whose own debut album Lost In Lust was described as “Sade meets Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA”, and acid-house DJ/singer Kim Ann, it sounds quite unlike that LCD-affiliated production unit’s usual punk-funk. The latter’s track Athene, for example, sounds like Sylvester’s Mighty Real in a mighty murk, and like much of the album evokes Arthur Russell’s woozy psych-disco, Kevin Saunderson’s Inner City, and old Chicago house only with a 2008 matte varnish.

Mostly it sounds like proper late-70s disco. Not the camp glitterball retro electro-pop of Kylie circa Spinning Round, but actual underground disco, like something long-lost from the vaults of the Loft or the Paradise Garage, real 1977-78 vintage stuff. Hercules’ Theme is the highpoint and absolutely the best thing Antony has ever put his mannered croon to, with its Cerrone-style strings, muted horn parps and production sound so authentic you fully expect John Travolta to come sashaying across your field of vision. Opening track Time Will is slower and sadder, locating the melancholy at the heart of the dance. Then there’s You Belong, which recalls classic Salsoul, or Inner City’s Good Life, only with all the goodness and life sucked out of it. It sounds pleasingly enervated: dance music as debilitating fever, or something.

The buzz: “H&LA will make you believe 70s disco-funk never happened. Ever.”

The truth: It manages to sound arty and authentically disco-tastic.

Most likely to: Start a “Reopen Studio 54” campaign.

Least likely to: Inspire Bianca Jagger to remount that white horse.

File next to: Arthur Russell, Inner City, Grace Jones, Ze Records.

What to buy: The single Blind is released on March 3 by DFA/EMI, with the album Hercules & Love Affair to follow on March 10.

Links: MySpace page

guardian.co.uk


Tracklisting

1. Time Will
2. Hercules Theme
3. You Belong
4. Athene
5. Blind
6. Iris
7. Easy
8. This Is My Love
9. Raise Me Up
10. True False/Fake Real

Here is Blind from youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/v/Fb8S51M2GAc&rel=1

Here be Hercules:

http://link-protector.com/419145/

Banzai !!


February 22, 2008 Posted by | Hercules And Love Affair, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | Leave a comment