[Updated to include the official video for the single and release date!]
One of my favourite albums so far this year is the eponymous debut from Hercules And Love Affair. It’s a wonderfully sprawling, decadent history lesson in dance music and, as certain critics have noted, charts the rise and fall of gay culture, which occasionally hints at the crises of AIDS and drugs. More prominently though, it’s the fantastic music that makes it so great. In certain songs, the DJ supremo who’s behind the band, Andrew Butler, weaves in more futuristic ideas, but, for the most part, it’s big time nostalgia of all things Giorgio Moroder, Arthur Russell, and a smattering of Chicago House.
Underpinning quite a few of the tracks are the delightfully spine-chilling vocals of Antony Hegarty, of Antony and the Johnsons fame, and it his fractured, kaleidoscopic backing vocals that turn You Belong into one of the album’s standout tracks. I believe it’s going to be released as a single on the 7th of July, and I hope it gains a wider audience, partly because listeners will be afforded the opportunity to hear the throbbing lead vocals of Nomi, an enchanting vocalist sure to gain in reputation this year.
I have a feeling the B-side is going to an interesting remix of the track from Riton, which you can hear in the box.net widget on the right-hand side of this page.