Hercules & Love Affair
Hercules & Love Affair succeed where many have failed; they have perfected the marriage between NY club culture and pop songwriting. Inspired by dance music of the Eighties and early Nineties and sharing the same spirit as the clubs of that era, Hercules & Love Affair’s fun grooves have enough power to hold the attention on the dancefloor, but don’t sound out of place on the home stereo.
The group shot to fame in 2008 with their self-titled debut album, which was released on DFA, the label co-run by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. The album featured the fantastic single ‘Blind’, whose impassioned vocals were provided by Antony Hegarty of Antony and The Johnsons fame. Since then, they’ve jumped ship to Moshi Moshi and the group’s new album, Blue Songs, has just been released. To most, it confirms that the group have developed their sound, but remain true to their original influences. Lead single ‘My House’ is a storming dancefloor filler with infinite charm and cool vocals. Once again, heavyweight guest vocalists appear in the shape of Kele Okereke of Bloc Party fame and Venezuelan vocalist Aerea Negrot.
Live, Hercules & Love Affair deliver an all-singing, all-dancing show, and they present a passion and colourfulness that is often missing from the world of dance music.