'Raid' is one of the two B-side tracks for 'Do You Feel the Same?'. Available from April 14th. The first single from Hercules & Love Affair's forthcoming album - 'The Feast of the Broken Heart'.
With 2011's Blue Songs running the gamut from full-blown disco and jacking house to the more experimental, Hercules & Love Affair's new album 'The Feast Of The Broken Heart' sees another musical reinvention from ringmaster Andy Butler - delivered by an impeccable new line up.
The ever-revolving collective led house music's resurgence with club anthem 'Blind' in 2008 (Pitchfork's record of the year), and 2014's line up is another roll call of exceptionally talented vocalists. BRITS nominee John Grant's ability for translating hardship into elegance is writ large on 'I Try To Talk To You' and 'Liberty'; Rouge Mary, whose deep, spiritual voice is hewn from a gospel education; Belgian singer Gustaph whose counter tenor takes lead on the single 'Do You Feel The Same?' and smoky voiced virtuoso Krystle Warren, who was introduced to Butler by Grant, and sings the provocative 'My Offence'.
Andy Butler comments: "I wanted nasty basslines, stormy, bleary-eyed sounds, fiery, rough, tough and ragged old school house productions that sounded almost techno. I didn't want polite, I wanted aggressive."
This aesthetic coupled with tales of emotional triumph makes for something tough yet soulful. Meaningful house music that IS pop music and can speak to the most musically adroit of tastes.
'The Feast Of The Broken Heart' is co-produced by Ha-Ze Factory and industrial stalwart Mark Pistel and released on Moshi Moshi on May 26th.