Nomi Ruiz, vocalist on the first Hercules & Love Affair album, released a new single with her band Jessica 6 today. I love Nomi’s voice, which is perfect for this pop/house song with a little bit of dance melancholy on top. Almost a year ago, I wrote about the first J6 single, Fun Girl – which has a fun video.
Jessica 6’s album, See The Light, will be out this May.
Another single got the remix treatment today – though streaming only – My House by Hercules & The Love Affair. This one is by Andy Butler’s former lover, Derrick Carter. He had previously remixed one of my favourite tracks from the first H&LA album, You Belong with Nomi on lead vocals. So, we heard this pairing before, but I can’t resist Derrick Carter’s bouncy Chicago beats. He turned My House up for a bigger dance floor.
Hercules & Love Affair will return with a new album at the end of January 2011, called Blue Songs.
The first taste of the new album, My House, features new vocalist Shaun Wright and has Hercules sounding housier than ever.
When I saw the band perform in Toronto this summer, I got very excited about their new music. The new Hercules sounded pushier, less disco, going more into an acid and deep house direction. Can’t wait for Blue Songs.
And while we wait for the new Mariah video (please scroll down), why not watch Jessica 6 – Fun Girl. J6 consists of Morgan Wiley, Andrew Raposo and Nomi Ruiz, who could also be heard on the Hercules & Love Affair single, You Belong. If you’ve ever seen H&LA live, you know what a great stage presence Nomi has.
Last night, Mary and I went to our favourite gay strip club in town (there is only one). One of the strippers sat with us for a while. His name was Flame (I think it’s his real name). He made fun of me because I’m a lap dance virgin (still are). Suddenly, he fell off the chair and we had the last laugh.
Mary was really into one stripper who looked like a CK model. When he starred back at Mary he was basically eye-raping her. A couple of shots later, Mary said: “I want to give him my PIN number!”. I knew it was time for us to leave.
Like a mantra against my hangover, on repeat today: Get Myself Together (Hercules HercHouse Mix) by Chaz Jankel. Soon to be released on Tirk including a re-edit by Todd Terje. Get the song at the great mp3 blog These Rocks Pop. They have Mariah mixes, too.
Jamie and Will brought Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair to play a dj set in Toronto in December. It was a perfect Saturday night with lots of dancing.
Now, the Hercules album is one of the first releases that I look forward to in 2008.
During his dj set I met Andy briefly and he told me that Blind, the upcoming single feat. Anthony Hegarty, should feature a remix by Frankie Knuckles and that one of the next singles will (hopefully) contain a remix by MK / Marc Kinchen. I’m especially excited about the later. To my knowledge MK hasn’t done a house remix in years, although his productions were so much fun in the 90ties.
If you want to listen to some Hercules and Love Affair music now there are a couple of tracks floating around. There are 2 songs that got an official 12 inch release last year: Roar and Classique #2. These songs together with Blind, Athene and Hercules Theme are available for listen at their myspace or hype machine or elbo.ws
In addition to that, Andy Butler has turned the new Goldfrapp single A&E into a chiming disco number with African chants (listen).
On a side note, doesn’t Ms Goldfrapp look like a Humpe sister in the video to A&E (updated)? I’m totally into leaf people on bikes.