New York double bill

Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair HALA is arty New Yorker Andy Butler and friends, who have gathered to produce this intriguing debut, a slice of nu-disco that s supposedly so cool some of the tunes just regard the dancefloor indifferen

Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair

HALA is arty New Yorker Andy Butler and friends, who have gathered to produce this intriguing debut, a slice of nu-disco that's supposedly so cool some of the tunes just regard the dancefloor indifferently from a distance.

Well, with Antony on board (of Mercury-Prize-winning '& The Johnsons' fame), you should be primed to expect the unexpected.

Here Antony shares vocal duties, his wobbly oddness making a pleasing companion to blunted melodic beats on recent single Blind, and the effortlessly cool Raise Me Up too.


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There's '70s soul driving Hercules Theme, but HALA's journey through the emotions also stops off at morose and downbeat along the way. Interesting stuff. ***

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

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MGMT are a pair of Brooklyn-based guys clearly picked up because of the renaissance in brash, bold and pouting chart-bound disco in recent years.

At times sounding like a band high on an intoxicating double-shot of Queen's performance pop and Scissor Sisters' dancefloor nous, their bizarrely-titled debut kicks about the place with a wide-eyed, playful sonic feel.

There's plenty of mid-tempo disco campness here, which even sticks around as the set slides into a Bowie-influenced, psychedelic guitar-led second half.

Bubbling, bleeping keys make several appearances, but nothing is quite as unashamedly, joyfully alt-pop as lead single Time To Pretend. A pleasing scattershot of styles, beats and feels. ***

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