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!! OMG, a Q&A with Andrew Butler of Hercules and Love Affair !!

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The world is a much more exciting place now that Hercules and Love Affair is back on the scene. After releasing an acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2008, our favorite dance act is on tour this summer to get club audiences hyped for their sophomore effort Blue Songs, due out in January 2011.

Best known for the dance classic “Blind” (Pitchfork’s #1 song of 2008), Hercules and Love Affair is the brainchild of songwriter/producer Andy Butler. While the band’s first album referenced a classic disco sound and featured the vocal stylings of DJ-turned-singer Kim Ann Foxman, beloved torch crooner Antony Hegarty and high-energy R&B vocalist Nomi Ruiz, this time around Butler has a new line-up of singers and is looking to dance music’s future, rather than it’s past, for inspiration. Blue Songs, he says, will feature the modern pop-house bangers we’ve come to expect from the band, but also softer, stranger compositions.

For the summer tour, he’s pared back the set-up to focus on a glammed-up club experience that feature Foxman alongside two new vocal personalities: Shaun Wright and Aerea Negrot.

Last week we rang up Butler at his home base in Denver to chat about the tour, the new album, his new label MR.INTL Records, remixing Madonna and Gaga and his fabulous new hair. Read the Q&A after the jump and check back tomorrow to see photos from Hercules and Love Affair’s Toronto show.

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!! OMG, watch your back under those ‘Patio Lanterns’ !!


Our Canadian readers will probably remember songsmith Kim Mitchell’s homespun classic “Patio Lanterns,” but I now present the video to the rest of you so you can scratch your head at everything from the odd lyrics to Kim’s bizarre hat/wig to his awkward interaction with the keyboard player (2:43) to his creepy smile (1:47). (Thanks to Margot for the tip!)

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!! OMG, a Q&A with Robyn !!

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At a time when elaborate fashions, pyrotechnics and big, arena-worthy electro beats rule the American pop landscape, Robyn has arrived in North America to shift our focus back to where it belongs: on the music. On her all-too-brief “All Hearts” co-headlining tour with Kelis, which makes its way toward the east coast this week, the Scandinavian singer/songwriter is promising to dazzle audiences with a minimally-art directed, high-energy stage show styled as an after hours club jam.

This year Robyn plans to release a trilogy of albums that incorporate diverse musical influences, ranging from gay dance anthems to dancehall and minimal techno, into her platinum blonde pop world. Though her songs are sometimes heartfelt and introspective, there’s no mistaking Robyn’s swagger and self-confidence — either in song, on stage or over the phone.

“For me, there’s nothing like, what do you call it? A ‘guilty pleasure’,” she says. “I don’t even know what that means. Either you like it or you don’t.”

Check out the video for Robyn’s latest single “Hang With Me” below and then read our Q&A with the singer after the jump.

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!! OMG, already: Horse Meat Disco 2 !!

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The group of talented DJs behind London’s Horse Meat Disco party have come out with their second compilation in less than a year that “brings together another essential selection of New York classics alongside a host of lesser known discoveries for all fans of underground disco.”
We blogged the first compilation last summer, and Vol. 2 does not disappoint.
The gang will also be touring North America this fall. Scroll down for the dates, but first grab this free MP3 download from the new compilation:
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FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD: “Cherchez Pas” by Madleen Kane
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Pictured (L-R) are Horse Meat Disco DJs Jim Stanton, Luke Howard (aka Filthy Luka), James Hillard, Severino
Tentative US/Canada Tour Dates (all to be confirmed)
Aug TBA | NYC
Sep 24 | Toronto
Sep 25 | Calgary
Sep 26 | San Francisco
Sep 30 or Oct 1 | Portland
Oct 2 | Los Angeles
Oct 7 | Chicago
Oct 8 | Miami
Oct 9 | NYC
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Check out the full track list plus a Q&A with HMD resident Luke “Filthy Luka” Howard after the jump.

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