Feast of The Broken Heart

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.

album Andy Butler

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.

Factory Floor

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.

Zuzuka Poderosa

We first heard tell of Zuzuka Poderosa in the summer of 2012 and we were glad. We found a couple of videos on youtube that piqued our interest and made us want to dance. Then we found the Carioca Bass Mixtape by Kush Aurora and our lives were changed forever. Do you like Baile Funk? Do you like Brazilian music? Do you like dancehall and French Fries?  All of this and more in a mind-blowing assault of booty shaking grooves.

Carioca Bass Zuzuka Poderosa

You will dance

Thank you Zuzuka Poderosa and Kush Aurora!  We danced all summer and into the fall listening to the mix, much to the displeasure of house mates at 3am. (Not recommended.)

Times in which it is recommended to listen to this mix:

  • Taking a walk in the park
  • Cleaning the house
  • Preparing for the discotheque
  • Post discotheque (see above, should only be done in certain cases.)
  • Impromptu dance parties with fellow Maenads (always have your portable music device prepared.)

There are surely more instances when you should play this mix extremely loud and I will leave it to you, Reader Dearest, to recognize those times.

Another stellar contribution was made by Sonora Longoria with his digital album called
Sonora Remezcla: Zuzuka Poderosa. Again a free download! Not only music for The Proletariat but also a gateway mix for people who assume they don’t like Latin music styles. You probably do and you just don’t know it yet! Let Sonora and Zuzuka show you the way. There is so much good music to dance to from all over the world and we are fortunate to have these collectors of gettin’ down music to share it with us. Viva Sonora Longoria!

Sonora Longoria

Thriller Beats!

Poderosa means power and Ms. Poderosa intends to make “Interracial Music Babies!” Not for the faint of heart, this style of music is for people who are seriously prepared to dance. With roots in baile funk and global bass, this earth shattering dance music intends to cross all boundaries and create a new sound which Zuzuka is calling Carioca Bass. Born in Brazil and currently based in Brooklyn, there are many interviews and articles out there about Ms. Poderosa and her story. Here is a good recent interview. This post is about our discovery and love for some of the best dance music we have ever heard. It’s about time! On a final note, Spin magazine premiered the video for Seda in February. Feast your eyes upon it’s glory:

Seda Video

When Zuzuka Poderosa comes to Portland, we shall absolutely swoon with excitement! Many champagne cocktails rituals shall be initiated upon that great day.