Published May 27, 2009While the whole new disco thing isn't blowing up this year like it did in '08, that may be due to the lack of any new Hercules and Love Affair material. As previously reported last year, the group's head disco operator, Andy Butler, is supposedly already working on the follow-up to the NYC outfit's ultra-successful self-titled 2008 debut, but at this point, that's all we have to go on. So, perhaps knowing the wait for a new album proper may be a bit frustrating, Butler has announced he's going to help tide us over with the next best thing: a new DJ mix.
Dubbed Sidetracked: Hercules & Love Affair, this new H&LA effort will mark the inaugural release in the new mix series by the UK-based Renaissance label. The release is crafted solely by Butler and showcases what the imprint calls "a broad sweep of classic house and disco," as well as the new Hercules exclusive "I Can't Wait." There's two discs included: one featuring Butler's DJ mix and another unmixed CD filled with remastered versions of 11 of his selections.
According to Renaissance head honcho Geoff Oakes, "Sidetracked has been developed to show the other side of bands from the electronic genre who can, and do, DJ. It's an opportunity to offer a diverse, unique series, which makes Hercules and Love Affair the more than perfect choice to kick-start matters."
In a statement from Butler, however, he simply says, "It's a slamming mix with tracks that have historically made me freak out in the club, along with new productions."
Unfortunately there is no sign yet of a North American release date for Sidetracked: Hercules & Love Affair but it is coming out in the UK on July 13.
Here's the tracklisting:
1. Westbam - "And Party"
2. Sax - "No Pares (Don't Stop)"
3. Hercules & Love Affair - "I Can't Wait"
4. In Flagranti - "I Never Screwed Around Before"
5. Dubwise - "Hold me Real Tight"
6. Fax Yourself - "Sunshine"
7. Todd Terry Project - "Weekend"
8. Daniel Wang - "Zola Has Landed"
9. Rhythm Masters - "Oh Oh Why"
10. Los Kings Del Mambo - "Studio X"
11. Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - "I'll Play The Fool"
12. Ray Martinez Jnr - "Lady of the Night"
13. Gino Soccio - "Dream On"
14. Rainbow Team - "Dreaming"
1. Westbam - "And Party"
2. In Flagranti - "I Never Screwed Around Before"
3. Dubwise - "Hold me Real Tight"
4. Fax Yourself - "Sunshine"
5. Todd Terry Project - "Weekend"
6. Daniel Wang - "Zola Has Landed"
7. Los Kings Del Mambo - "Studio X"
8. Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - "I'll Play The Fool"
9. Ray Martinez Jnr - "Lady of the Night"
10. Gino Soccio - "Dream On"
11. Rainbow Team - "Dreaming"