When Hercules and Love Affair first arrived amongst listeners’ ears with their self-titled debut back in 2008, it heralded the arrival of a new, different kind of disco-influenced house music. Spearheaded by New York DJ Andy Butler, Hercules and Love Affair featured the impeccable falsetto vocals of Antony Hegarty (lead of Antony & the Johnsons) and the production of DFA’s Tim Goldsworthy and was a throwback to the glamorous disco-era of the 70s. The record was critically adored and immediately shot Hercules and Love Affair into dance fans’ consciousness.
We have since learned after their debut that Hercules and Love Affair is actually a rotating producer’s affair with the only constant being Butler. Their muter sophomore record featured a whole different cast and label and concentrated more on 80’s era Chicago-style house music. With their third and newest record (not counting DJ mixes), The Feast of the Broken Heart coming up, we see that Butler has once again recruited a whole new set of singers and producers to play with.
Among the most important new guests is John Grant, lead vocalists of The Czars. There’s a sexiness to his tenor that allows Hercules and Love Affair to bring back the magic that they didn’t had after Hagerty left the band. Combined with two other new vocalists in Parisian Rogue Mary and Belgian Gustaph, The Feast of the Broken Heart once again finds Hercules and Love Affair bridging the best of disco and house music to truly create a pop-worthy hits affair.
Hercules and Love Affair are coming to St Louis. They will be playing at the Luminary on 6/26 (tickets here)
Watch the video for single I Try To Talk To You embedded below.
Hercules and Love Affair – The Feast of the Broken Heart comes out 5/26 via Moshi Moshi (order here)