Hercules and Love Affair (DJ Set)

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Hercules and Love Affair (DJ Set)

If Pitchfork ratings mean anything to you, then you probably realize what a big deal it is for an album to score a 9.1 out of 10 on the site’s notoriously stingy review scale. So consider that a ringing endorsement for Brooklyn’s Hercules and Love Affair, the name chosen by DJ Andy Butler for his ambitious disco revolution. As demonstrated across that lauded 2008 debut and especially in a live setting, Butler is no minimalist. H&LA is far from a one-man show; the more the merrier is the rule here, with Butler joined onstage by multiple vocalists (including Antony Hegarty, Nomi Ruiz and Kim Ann Foxman), a small horn section and even a professional dancer. Sound over the top? That’s the point. And it works. Or, as Pitchfork put it in its rave review for Hercules and Love Affair: “Lush, melancholic, gregarious, generous, both precise and a little bit unhinged — this is the most original American dance album in a long while.”
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