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Hercules & Love Affair [Hercules & Love Affair] [5099920811020]

  • 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
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2081102

  • Credits
    ProducerAndrew Butler; Tim Goldsworthy; Antony
    EngineerAlex Nizich; Christian Castagno; Walter Fishbacher; Eric Broucek

    Personnel: Andrew Butler (vocals, keyboards, marimba); Kim Ann Foxman, Nomi, Antony (vocals); Kevin Barker (guitar); Maxim Moston (strings, drum programming); Carter Yasutaki, Steven Bernstein (trumpet); Morgan Wiley (keyboards); Nick Millhiser, Ben Perowski (drums); Tim Goldsworthy (drum programming).
    Audio Mixer: Eric Broucek.
    Photographer: Jason Nocito.
    Hercules and Love Affair is the mythological-themed music project of erstwhile club-promoter and DJ/producer Andrew Butler. A devotee of underground club culture from disco's pre-whitewashed roots to the innovative early `90s dance music of Chicago and Detroit, Butler and his cohorts--who include Antony of Antony & the Johnsons--make forward-thinking house inspired by a canny appreciation and clever deconstruction of classic dance music tropes. Their self-titled debut is a grand revisit of past styles and motifs. Leading off with the synthetic percussive rattle of the mid-tempo Balearic torch song "Time Will," the sparse beats slink seductively into the mellifluous quaver of Antony's vocals. "You Belong" and "Blind," meanwhile, faithfully adhere to club music conventions, their looping percussion accents and vocal exaltations recalling the celebratory cadences of classic acid house.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Butler's debut album journeys through club music's bent past with both universal and timeless results that are as sensual and surreal as a Jean Cocteau film set to a Giorgio Moroder soundtrack."
    CMJ - "Those who think that disco and acid house have been relegated to the annals of kitsch will be shocked by the vital sound of Hercules And Love Affair."
    Vibe (p.66) - "[T]his debut blends the macho with the emotional....The disaffected dance crowd's been hurting for this kind of positivity."
    Blender (Magazine) (p.73) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] nod to the origins of disco....DJ Andy Butler's beats, which occasionally fast-forward to the strobes and thuds of '90s house, are marvelously arranged."
    Clash (magazine) (p.64) - Ranked #28 in Clash's "The 40 Best Albums of 2008" -- "Andy Butler has woven a seductive edifice of old disco references adding his own deft flair and modern slant."
    URB (Magazine) (p.84) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Butler has crafted a stellar full length that fuses the highlights of disco and its many derivative genres....A full-blown album in all its artistic glories and proclivities."
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