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Hercules and Love Affair.
The new disco project of New York-based DJ Andy Butler, Hercules and Love Affair cites influences ranging from Chicago to Magic Carpet to Soundpatrol, all of which rear their heads on a self-titled debut album that conjures images of Saturday Night Fever and '70s punk. Click the link above to hear Hercules and Love Affair perform live in concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.
Hercules and Love Affair's sound is distinctly experimental — this is no mere nostalgia trip — but the synthesizers and sounds of throbbing bass add up to an injunction to get on the floor, revival-style. The duo's self-titled debut was released this past summer after its single "Blind" (featuring guest vocals from Antony Hegarty of Antony & The Johnsons) generated a great deal of anticipatory buzz. Since then, the album has experienced critical and commercial success for its infectious disco sound and impressive emotional range.