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Album of the Week: Hercules & Love Affair's Blue Songs (Download a Free Track)

hercules_080911_1.jpgLeaving their home base of New York City, collaborator Antony Hegarty, and their original label—New York City's DFA—behind, modern disco champs Hercules & Love Affair strengthen their same-sex musical relationship with German techno on their new album, Blue Songs (Moshi Moshi). Hercules head honcho and Kraftwerk disciple Andy Butler continues to echo the best of early Duran Duran and Depeche Mode, this time with a new ensemble of vocal contributors. The result is a sharp volume of African funk, classic songbook stylings, Buckingham-and-Nicks songwriting, and even Ian Anderson flute tones. The six-minute opener, "Painted Eyes," features disco strings and messy synths running under the agile new Venezuelan vocalist Aerea Negrot. The poppiest bits on the album come courtesy of Bloc Party's Kele Orekeke on "Step Up," and newcomer Shaun Wright—plucked out of a crowd by Butler after a show—lends his pipes to the Sinéad O'Connor—inspired, Fleetwood Mac-sounding "Boy Blue." All told, Butler proves his ability to curate and collaborate with a revolving door of guests while flaunting his greatest gift—making people move.

Blue Songs by Hercules & Love Affair is available at music retailers and iTunes today.

To download the free track, "Painted Eyes", click here.

By Douglas Q. Smith

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