Thursday, February 03, 2011

FACT mix 218: Hercules and Love Affair

Something a little different for this pages, one of my favourites Hercules & Love Affair will be releasing their new album, Blue Songs, this week on Moshi Moshi, and things have changed. Recorded with Patrick Pulsinger in Vienna, and to some extent eschewing the brassy disco tropes that defined the band’s debut, it finds Butler delving deeper than ever into his ’86-’94 house obsession – lead single ‘My House’ is a loving homage to Chicago and New York’s overlapping 4/4 golden eras, while ‘It’s Alright’ is a beatless cover of the Sterling Void jam – but also developing the range of his songwriting, even singing himself on the agreeably frail title track.

For this edition of the FACT mix, Andy Butler heralds his new album with a thumping mix of house classics past, present and future.

FACT mix 218 - Hercules & Love Affair (Jan '11) by factmag