The Esplanade Concert Hall will rise to a fever pitch to the strains of nu-disco and house music come October with NYC based dance act Hercules and Love Affair.
Hercules & Love Affair with DJ Andy Butler as its centre cites influences ranging from disco to house, acid to synth-pop, Derrick May to Kraftwerk, all of which were heard on their self-titled debut album.
Hercules and Love Affair – ‘Blind’
The ever-evolving disco troupe will play the Esplanade on 3 October, 8.30pm. This will be the band’s debut performance here but frontman DJ Andy Butler has performed at Zouk’s Velvet Underground in 2009.
The group’s self-titled debut was released in 2008 after its single ‘Blind’ created a lot of buzz in the dance music circles. Since then, the album has received critical acclaim (it was named “Breakthrough Album of the Year” by the New York Times) for its infectious disco sound and impressive emotional range.
Hercules & Love Affair – ‘Painted Eyes’
2011’s follow-up ‘Blue Songs’ follows in the same vein as their eponymous debut – futuristic hooks, compelling future-disco beats and androgynous vocalists.; but with softer compositions as Butler explains, "there's definitely jacking house and there's definitely even more full-blown disco, but there's also more experimental, softer music".
Catch Hercules and Love Affair on 3 Oct, Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets 40, $60, $80 available from Sistic.