Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Hercules & Love Affair

Hercules & Love Affair are being hailed by all and sundry as the next big thing, and like LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture and The Juan MacLean, they have found a home amongst the frankly brilliant DFA stable. Andrew Butler with a little help from Tim Goldsworthy has produced an album that will make an impact on dancefloors the world over during the beginning half of this year. The collaborations with the likes of Antony Hegarty (of Antony & The Johnsons), Kim Ann and Nomi underline the fact that this album is a brave move on their parts because it could so easily have ended up as some horrid disco/pop rock pastiche that would've been instantly forgettable but the reality is that it is well thought out yet honest with great production values combined with hooks aplenty and I'll eat my hat if this isn't in the end of the year charts for the likes of everyone from Piccadilly to the NME, it's got that look. My personal favourite is Athene which is the perfect early doors record to get everyone in the mood for the debauchery ahead.

The album is out on March 10th and then you can judge it for yourself. Hopefully people won't be lazy and compare it to LCD Soundsystem's Sound of Silver, which seems to be the bar they are judging it against across message board land. Enjoy the tunes, they probably won't be around long before I get asked to take them down.

Hercules & Love Affair - Blind

Hercules & Love Affair - Raise Me Up

Hercules & Love Affair - This Is Your Love

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