Red Bull Sound Select & Troubadour Present:
Red Bull Sound Select Presents Los Angeles w/ Hercules & Love Affair
Hercules and Love Affair, Oh Boy Les Mecs, Rare Times
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
This event is all ages
Hercules and Love Affair
It was always meant to be this way. When Andy Butler founded Hercules And Love Affair in 2006, his vision was to create something that was in a constant state of flux. A revolving door policy when it comes to singers. Evolving sounds to keep things fresh. Never getting too comfortable with a particular sound. Relentlessly exciting.
Famously, Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons sang on Hercules and Love Affair’s 2008 debut single, Blind; six minutes of future retro-disco voted the Song of the Year by Pitchfork. Taking his lead, Kim Ann Foxman, Kele Okereke, Nomi Ruiz, Area Negrot, Shaun and Mark Pistel have all contributed vast swathes of talent over the subsequent years.
Hercules and Love Affair will always be ruled by Butler’s encyclopedic knowledge of 40 years of NYC dance music, from disco to house and beyond to the DFA era; the effortless way he distills that knowledge into timeless grooves; soulful, classic house-inspired vocals; and that bittersweet, delicious nocturnal melancholy that the best dance music has always tapped, the joy of dancing away a broken heart at 4am.
The latest diva to lend his vocal skills to HALA is Stef Gustaph. Butler saw Stef perform at a club he was DJing at in Ghent, Belgium. ‘He was vocalising in that way that classic house singers used to do,’ says Butler. ‘Like one of the best of the best house vocalists. I thought: I’ve got to get that guy to sing with me.’
The current line is underpinned by Mark Pistel; co-producer, muse, sometime guitarist and bass player, and member since 2009, whose musical journey began as founding member of the radical activist band Consolidated and has led to this point – working with Andy, himself a huge fan of industrial music.
In addition to the new HALA album, Butler is also set to contribute to German record label K7!’s benchmark DJ mix series, ‘DJ Kicks’. There are few people who know more about dance music history than Andy Butler, but he combines it with an approach that’s bang up to date, recontextualising classic tracks with disco that sounds like it’s been beamed in from the 22nd Century. It’s a riveting prospect, released in October 2012.
Butler has also overhauled Hercules and Love Affair’s live show, inserting new songs alongside highlights from the previous records. He’s one of the most colourful characters in dance music and Hercules And Love Affair are a hugely entertaining proposition on stage, as varied and vibrant as the New York nightlife that nurtured them.
Oh Boy Les Mecs
Tracy Marcellino (synths, vocals, drum machines, what nots) + Hanford (bass, synths, drum machines, what nots)= Oh Boy Les Mecs.
Rare Times are a five-piece electronic outfit based out of LA, most notable for February’s Missionary EP. They now bring you “Cloudy” — the sensual, thumping second track from their forthcoming Mist EP. The aptly titled song sounds like something straight out of the Drive soundtrack, with lush synths laid beneath the velveteen vocals of frontman Anthony Calonico. It’s the perfect music for driving home alone at night, as neon lights blur past.