It was in the summer of 2008 when I first heard of the New York collective Hercules and Love Affair. This was shortly after the release of their first self titled first album. It was the fourth four minute track “Athene” that grabbed my attention first. Athena is the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, civilization, warfare, strength, strategy, female arts, crafts, justice and skill. Perfect for post-wave feminist listening! This talented New York based collective currently includes: Andy Butler, Kim Ann Foxman, Mark Pistel, Aerea Negrot and Shaun Wright. [Past members:Nomi Ruiz, Antony Hegarty, Morgan Wiley, Andrew Raposo, Jason Disu, Carter Yasutake and Guy Licata]. I quickly wanted to join this love affair!! With tracks like “Blind” which feature Antony Hegarty (Antony & The Johnsons), “Raise Me Up” and “You Belong.” This New York sound was invading my thoughts! It’s not very often that music can take a hold of you, so when it happens it should be cherished. It was kinda like when I became obsessed with the DFA Holiday Compilation from 2005 which features Black Dice, The Juan Maclean, Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, and LCD Soundsystem. DFA has a knack for scorching hot sounds that feel the beat of a new generation and are by far one of my favorite record labels.
So now a few years later, Lodon based record label Moshi Moshi has recently released their second album, BLUE SONGS. “Originally written for a fashion show and dedicated to Coco Chanel, natch—was the reassuring fake-out easing listeners into Andrew Butler’s new world. With a typically androgynous vocal from new addition Aerea Negrot, it kept the string-drenched chugging disco sound of the first LP but its impeccable polish and chirping sequencers hinted at the more overtly electronic, house-influenced sound that the rest of the album often proudly bore…reveal further layers in the band’s knotted tree of influences.” – Andrew Ryce
Below is a remix of their single “Painted Eyes” by Wolfram
Get down with the disco-house beats of one of the prettiest grrrls around Kim Ann Foxman!!! She will be performing a DJ set for Club Purple in Tijuana, Mexico at Don Loope on Friday May 20th! We are super excited to have a little slice of NYC for one night!! Total Freedom and Miss Lady D will also be kickin’ down the dance jams! So cross the border and come party with us!!!
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Kim Ann was also recently featured on one of my favorite spots to hear fresh sounds, Beats in Space which is a radio show mixed live by Tim Sweeney every Tuesday night from 10:30pm to 1am on WNYU 89.1FM in New York City. Take a listen!