1. Archie Burnett

    November 18, 2014 by Spectre of the Rose

    Archie Burnett. Words do little justice to this incredible dancer who will not hesitate to wear a full tux & tails in performance, bringing utter freedom and joy to the floor.

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    Archie Burnett performing a soulful jacking/waacking jam

    …the only way I can sum it up:

    This makes us impossibly happy.

    Spectre of the Rose

  2. Feast of The Broken Heart

    July 23, 2014 by Katzendame

    My black heart has been feasting on this magnificent offering from Hercules and Love Affair since the first track was released in the spring. All the beats and bells and singers that we have come to expect from  Andy Butler’s extravaganza of dance and more.

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    The Feast of The Broken Heart

    The whole album is wonderful from start to finish but one of stand outs is “I Try to Talk to You” featuring John Grant. Such a beautiful song and when I saw the video with the modern duet choreography I wept. Truly one of the best songs of the summer:

    Here is the official playlist of the album on Youtube, although you will want to buy it so you can listen to it on every device in every room:

    Feast of The Broken Heart playlist

    There are so many good tracks but I would like to point a couple of more notables. The “Hercules Theme 2014”?!! Everyone should have a theme song. Such a good idea! The song “Liberty” is outstanding as well, another track featuring John Grant. Do not let him overshadow your enjoyment of Gustaph and Rouge Mary, though. They are totally fierce!

    Thanks again, Andy Butler. You have made my summer better.

  3. Factory Floor

    April 26, 2014 by Spectre of the Rose

    Factory Floor was so GOTH! So great. I felt like I was in Manchester in the 80’s. The best part was the way the drummer interacted with the synth loops. (three members – synths, drums, bass) I didn’t realize that’s how they normally record and play their tracks – with a real-life rock drummer (HOT btw). First all the analog synth lines are kicked off, all really industrial sounds and different rhythms layered one after the other. Then the drummer starts off super minimalist, just one kick or a cowbell or hi-hat every eighth count, building suspense, then he adds more beats little by little, very mathematically, until he’s in full industrial disco rockout mode. The bassist comes in last and pushes everything over the edge into a sonic blast. That’s their formula for each track, just like an assembly line as their name suggests. Everything is super precise and really loud. Just amazing.

    Factory Floor

    There were a few young pups in there who were clearly on something, what I don’t know – really hyper-spaz dancing as if in a mosh pit, but just with each other, grabbing each other a lot, jumping up and down, wildly shaking heads and just generally freaking out. It was fun to watch. I can gather how, while on crank or whatever they were up to, the music would make them freak out that way. But any old sober waver in big boots at Lovecraft would put them to shame, interpreting a Factory Floor song into a solid groove.