Andy Butler (Hercules and Love Affair) @Cameo Gallery, 9.27.13

NY-based DJ and producer Andy Butler founded Hercules and Love Affair (HALA) in 2006 with the intent that its members would be ever-changing.  Butler envisioned enlisting a rotating cast of performers to create songs inspired by his near encyclopedic knowledge of NYC dance music.  Since it’s ambitious beginnings, HALA has created iconic tracks in the house, disco and nu disco arenas and has featured talents such as Antony Hegarty, Kim Ann Foxman, Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Nomi Ruiz (Jessica 6), and W. Andrew Raposo (Midnight Magic). In addition to his involvement in HALA, Andy has created a compilation for Berlin’s acclaimed DJ Kicks series, where he recontextualized classic disco tracks, updating them for the 21st century while keeping one foot firmly planted in nostalgia.

On September 27th we will have the treat of getting up close and personal with Butler’s musical genius when he spins a rare, live set at Brooklyn’s intimate Cameo Gallery. Butler’s penchant for soulful, inspired vocals and melancholic dance jams have always struck a chord with gay music fans, and his colorful reputation on the music scene is bound to bring us a night of surprises.

Joining Butler is NYC’s quintessential DJ and producer, Eli Escobar. Known for adding a level of subversiveness to even his most commercial sets, Escobar certainly knows how to please a crowd.

Occupation Plan
Friday, September 27th
Cameo Galley
93 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY Map
Photo: Martien Mulder
Kim Ann Foxman: ‘Return It’

New York-based producer Kim Ann Foxman has a special place in our hearts. Though it is not very common to see female producers in the dance music world, Kim’s sheer brilliance shows she’s a force to be reckoned with.

After spending years as one of the key members of Hercules & Love Affair (alongside Andy Butler), Kim started a solo career which has proven solid and promising. She often takes over the decks in NYC, at both straight and gay clubs. Her latest release, Return It/Hypnotic Dance, is out now on Needwant Records, a label that has been flawlessly curating some of our favorite music over the past few years. ‘Return It’ takes on a smooth acid house style with an ethereal touch, and the accompanying music video is a beautiful piece. Needless to say, Kim’s vocals are always a pleasure to the ears.

Little Boots: ‘Every Night I Say A Prayer (Tensnake Remix)’

Unconventional pop singer Little Boots has teamed up with producer Andy Butler from NY nu-house act Hercules And Love Affair on her latest track, ‘Every Night I Say a Prayer,’ which will be out as a digital download on April 22nd. The first rework was made available as a free download by Little Boots herself and will definitely make the waiting a bit easier! Tensnake is the man behind this remix and his production work can be found quite regularly on OXD. The sum of Butler, Boots and Tensnake is definitely greater than the parts.

This new single comes out after buzz single ‘Shake’, a track in which Boots took a more electronic and up-beat direction. These tracks mark a new phase in her music and we hope she continues to mix things up a bit in the female pop music business this year.

Little Boots is a YouTube/Myspace era offspring who became known after being featured in some british TV shows, including Later… with Jools Holland and Last Call with Carson Daly. Her debut album, Hands, was released in 2009 and featured her first big hit, ‘New in Town.’