Hercules And Love Affair - DJ-Kicks - Hercules And Love Affair

DJ-Kicks - Hercules And Love Affair

Hercules And Love Affair

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
12" Vinyl Album 8 tracks £11.99
CD Album 14 tracks £8.99
Download Album (flac) 15 tracks £6.99
Download Album (mp3) 15 tracks £6.99
Download individual tracks   from £0.99

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Hercules And Love Affair - DJ-Kicks - Hercules And Love Affair

It's all too easy for nostalgia to tip into something negative. At its best it's a celebration of the best the past has to offer while putting it balanceinto a contemporary context; at its worst it's moaning that things aren't as good as they used to be. Hercules & Love Affair have always been firmly in the first category. Main man Andy Butler takes classic house and disco sounds and uses them to craft dance music that has one foot in the past, the other cutting a rug on dancefloors right now. It's a well-judged and expertly executed balance.

The same applies to Hercules & Love Affair's DJ Kicks set, which ranges from proto house, through New York's golden years in the '90s, to Chicago jack tracks and modern takes on house music's halcyon days. It's a mix that includes a lot of old music, but it's not outmoded. It's there for a reason. "It's fun to remind myself why I like old records," says Butler. "I'm naturally drawn to a more classic sound. When it comes to dancing I'm more inspired to get on up and shake it if feels like there's a lot of substance and depth to a record."

The mix opens with 'Don't Keep Me Waiting' by Mankind, a disco groove that sounds like it was made in 1982, but which, in fact, dates from 1997. "I discovered that track when I was 17 and it has a proto disco early house feel to it. It was the first time I heard people authentically hit that old sound on the head. I came back to Denver and I started playing all this music that blended electronic disco and early house. It had a big impact on me."

Next up are a trio of late '80s/early '90s tracks that mash-up house, new beat and early sampling technology - see 'Strut Your Techno Stuff' by Fax Yourself. "It's just crazy really roughly and rudely sampled," says Butler. "That track has a lot of quirkiness and a lot of body and beef. I love playing that style. It's hyper referential." However, one of this quartet of retro cuts is actually Hercules & Love Affair's exclusive track for the mix, titled 'Release Me'. "It features this LA DJ called Whitney Fierce singing. Great name. She has a Bananarama thing going on with her voice. I decided to do something akin to that early '90s mash-up thing. We pulled out old gear, early samplers, so we could get that low bit rate quality. It has that really rough sound. It's very authentic of the period, kind of Stock Aitken Waterman production meets the Hacienda."

Butler's current fascination is '90s house producers such as Victor Simonelli and DJ Duke. "There are three songs from Victor Simonelli on there," says Butler. They include the last track, 'Africa Freedom (Cape Town Club Mix)' under the name Z.A.M. "That song is something that has meant something for so long to me, ever since I was going to warehouse parties. It was always our after party anthem. I thought it would be really fun to throw it on there as a reference to my teenage years running around warehouse parties and clubs. All that stuff that was in the early days of the Sound Factory. That was before my time, but I still knew about it. I was 15 when it was right about to end. I was buying early Junior Vasquez records from the age of 15, so I knew that Sound Factory sound. I knew the Zanzibar sound shortly thereafter, that New Jersey garage thing. All that stuff from that region is interesting to me. The Duke and Simonelli tracks have so much energy, but are super minimal and super deep. The contrast between the banging almost brutal beats and the really deep, substantial vibes is so powerful."

Throughout the mix there are vocal overlays inspired by Butler's yoga guru Parahamansa Yogananda. "I've been learning meditation techniques and yoga," says Butler. "I wanted to include a spiritual aspect because nightclubs, as silly as they are in some ways, there is a religious experience to it for a lot of people, and that's the way it was for me when I was young. When I was listening to people like Francois Kevorkian he would literally take me to another place. I've had nights when I've danced for hours until I was a mess of sweat at Body & Soul and people would come up to me and ask, What are you on? And I was like, I'm not on anything, I'm just having a spiritual moment. So I wanted a bit of that in the mix."

As much as anything, this album is an education, not just about sounds of the past, but what dance music is all about: music that you have to move to, but which connects with you on a deep level as well.
Classic stuff indeed.

Tracklisting

12" Vinyl Album (K7301LP)
  1. Hercules and the Love Affair - Release Me (DJ-Kicks)
  2. Mankind - Don't Keep Me Waiting
  3. Ha-ze Factory - A Bit Of Redemption
  4. Solution - Feels So Right (Victor Simonelli Original Mix)
  5. In Flagranti - Magojiro
  6. DJ Duke Presents Freedom - Love Don't Come Easy (Power Dub)
  7. Cloud 9 - Do You Want Me (Club Mix)
  8. Fierce Ruling Diva - Allemaal, Allemaal
CD Album (K7301CD)
  1. Mankind - Don't Keep Me Waiting
  2. Rhythm Mode:D - Can You Feel It (Reach To The Top)
  3. Hercules and the Love Affair - Release Me (DJ-Kicks)
  4. Fax Yourself feat. Carrie Ann - Strut Your Techno Stuff feat. Carrie Ann
  5. Klubb Kidz - Don't Wanna Hurt You (Skool Flava Dub)
  6. Solution - Feels So Right (Victor Simonelli Original Mix)
  7. DJ Duke Presents Freedom - Love Don't Come Easy (Power Dub)
  8. Cloud 9 - Do You Want Me (Club Mix)
  9. Mark Imperial - The Acieed That Ate New York
  10. In Flagranti - Magojiro
  11. Ha-ze Factory - A Bit Of Redemption
  12. Fierce Ruling Diva - Allemaal, Allemaal
  13. Jump Chico Slamm - Feel Free
  14. Z.A.M. - Africa Freedom (Victor Simonelli Johannesburg Dub Mix)
Download Album (K7301DTM)
  1. Mankind - Don't Keep Me Waiting
  2. Rhythm Mode:D - Can You Feel It (Reach To The Top)
  3. Hercules And Love Affair - Release Me (DJ-Kicks)
  4. Fax Yourself feat. Carrie Ann - Strut Your Techno Stuff feat. Carrie Ann
  5. Klubb Kidz - Don't Wanna Hurt You (Skool Flava Dub)
  6. Solution - Feels So Right (Victor Simonelli Original Mix)
  7. DJ Duke Presents Freedom - Love Don't Come Easy (Power Dub)
  8. Cloud 9 - Do You Want Me (Club Mix)
  9. Mark Imperial - The Acieed That Ate New York
  10. In Flagranti - Magojiro
  11. Ha-ze Factory - A Bit Of Redemption
  12. Fierce Ruling Diva - Allemaal, Allemaal
  13. Jump Chico Slamm - Feel Free
  14. Z.A.M. - Africa Freedom (Victor Simonelli Johannesburg Dub Mix)
  15. Hercules And Love Affair - Hercules And Love Affair DJ-Kicks Mix

mp3 downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Don't Keep Me Waiting £0.99
2 Can You Feel It (Reach To The Top) £0.99
3 Release Me (DJ-Kicks) £0.99
4 Strut Your Techno Stuff feat. Carrie Ann £0.99
5 Don't Wanna Hurt You (Skool Flava Dub) £0.99
6 Feels So Right (Victor Simonelli Original Mix) £0.99
7 Love Don't Come Easy (Power Dub) £0.99
8 Do You Want Me (Club Mix) £0.99
9 The Acieed That Ate New York £0.99
10 Magojiro £0.99
11 A Bit Of Redemption £0.99
12 Allemaal, Allemaal £0.99
13 Feel Free £0.99
14 Africa Freedom (Victor Simonelli Johannesburg Dub Mix) £0.99
15 Hercules And Love Affair DJ-Kicks Mix N/A N/A
Entire MP3 Download Album (15 tracks) £6.99
MP3 format technical details
These mp3 tracks have been encoded with LAME using the '--preset extreme' VBR setting, providing you with a very rich listening experience. No DRM or copy protection is built in to the mp3s.

Unfortunately at this time we can't offer all the Hercules And Love Affair - DJ-Kicks - Hercules And Love Affair tracks as individual flacs, as some of these tracks exceed the shops maximum (9mins) download length.

These longer flac tracks are available in the full album download.

flac downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Don't Keep Me Waiting £0.99
2 Can You Feel It (Reach To The Top) £0.99
3 Release Me (DJ-Kicks) £0.99
4 Strut Your Techno Stuff feat. Carrie Ann £0.99
5 Don't Wanna Hurt You (Skool Flava Dub) £0.99
6 Feels So Right (Victor Simonelli Original Mix) £0.99
7 Love Don't Come Easy (Power Dub) £0.99
8 Do You Want Me (Club Mix) £0.99
9 The Acieed That Ate New York £0.99
10 Magojiro £0.99
11 A Bit Of Redemption £0.99
12 Allemaal, Allemaal £0.99
13 Feel Free £0.99
14 Africa Freedom (Victor Simonelli Johannesburg Dub Mix) £0.99
15 Hercules And Love Affair DJ-Kicks Mix N/A N/A
Entire FLAC Download Album (15 tracks) £6.99
FLAC format technical details:
These FLAC tracks are superior to MP3 in that they are compressed without any loss in sound quality. For further technical details or player tips, visit the Help section

Unfortunately at this time we can't offer all the Hercules And Love Affair - DJ-Kicks - Hercules And Love Affair tracks as individual flacs, as some of these tracks exceed the shops maximum (9mins) download length.

These longer flac tracks are available in the full album download.