I absolutely cannot wait for Hercules and Love Affair's new album. "Blind" was the best song from 2008 without a doubt* (Pitchfork agrees with me.) OMG has a great interview with Andy Butler, the genius behind Hercules, and it's got me all kinds of excited.
If you don't know Hercules and Love Affair, you should. It's really just Butler, who is the producer/dj, and whomever he gets to sing with him. On "Blind", for instance, the singer is Antony from Antony & The Johnsons, securing the track's place as a new gay classic.
I'm not usually into dance music- my background is in punk rock. But there are exceptions. I love disco, for instance. Especially really highbrow Euro disco like Cerrone and Amanda Lear. But mostly I love acts that inject art into their dance music. I like acts that embrace the past without recreating it and simultaneously look toward the future. I'd put Goldfrapp in this category. I also loved Sally Shapiro's record when it came out and have been waiting for something new. (The most downbeat, depressing dance music ever! That's my sound!)
I recently heard a scholarly discussion about disco somewhere. I can't remember where it was. Maybe in a documentary? It was about the vehement hatred of disco in the seventies and how that was less of a reaction to the actual music than it was a reaction to gays, especially black and Hispanic gays, gaining power. It was a rejection of race mixing, of fluid sexuality and gender representation, that the disco scene embraced.
Anyway, all of this is offtrack. I really wanted to post about Andy Butler, because LOOK AT THIS PICTURE!
This could have been taken right from Randy Blue's website. Now I'm going to look for his photo spread in old issues of Butt Magazine. I just KNOW he had one. How could he not?
*It's kind of a tie for me. I was also super crazy for Santogold's "L.E.S. Artistes" in 2008. Where is Santogold, anyway?