Hercules And Love Affair
Label: Parlophone UK
Andy Butler may be Herc's main man (songwriter, player, coproducer), and DFA dude Tim Goldsworthy's beats and reputation may bring the project dance-world cred. But what makes this debut more than just another entry in the 21st century's disco revival is Antony Hegarty's singing. His unique voice is totally incongruous with the usual disco diva vocalese, and yet completely redefines the setting. Where the other eight tracks do a nice job retrofitting New York's halcyon club daze for the kids, Antony's four tunes -- especially the hit single, "Blind" -- tap into a modernity that's completely new.