Hercules & Love Affair return to the fray with “Controller”, a pulsing, propulsive new song that signals the first salvo from their long-awaited new album. Featuring The Horrors’ Faris Badwan on vocals, it takes the Hercules’ disco-house heritage and fuses it with starker post-punk stylings.
“Recently I’ve been aesthetically interested in the raw experimentation of early 80s electronic dance outside the glossier new wave pop music we know from the time,” explains head honcho Andy Butler, “Cabaret Voltaire, lots of noisier older music. It's funny that I ended up in Belgium, considering all of the music that came from here – Front 242, Telex, and so on.”
A taster both sonically and aesthetically of the new album, Controller connects new wave, post-punk and 80s electro within the clubland realm of Hercules & Love Affair. Although much of the new album has been recorded in Andy Butler’s newly adopted hometown of Ghent in Belgium, it was in London - while working with fashion designer James Long - that he found the vocalist for his latest Hercules’ return.
Remixes are courtesy of Tuff City Kids and Mike Simonetti