WMC Preview: Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair

Andy Butler, the cunning mind behind Hercules and Love Affair, is a champion of saucy, sweaty disco and house, and his DJ sets reflect this focused style. The group's self-titled record was easily one of the biggest exclamation points in dance music's lexicon last year. Alongside singers Nomi and Kim Ann Foxman and beats by the DFA's Tim Goldsworthy, Butler's productions shine with a mirror ball's sparkle. The sense of a man on a mission is completed with his own theme song, "Hercules Theme."

Straddling a funky line buoyed by trumpet and ecstatic panting, it encapsulates Butler's ambitious dance music MO. Take a look at his chart from last year, and hear not simply the music's easily mimicked nuts and bolts, but of a man breathing the emotional air dance music can truly hold. Also after the jump, get all the info about his WMC appearances.

1. Ferrara, "Love Attack"     

2. Bam Bam, "Where Is Your Child"     

3. J.M. Silk, "All in Vain"         

4. Bostro Pesopeo, "Falls (Hercules & Love Affair remix)"

5. Chilly Title, "For Your Love (Idjuts Edit)"    

6. Amant, "New York Nights (Paris International Records)"

7. Thompson & Lenoir, "Can't Stop The House"     

8. Madleen Kane, "Cherchez Pas"    

9. Jorge Ben Jor, "Oe Oee"    

10. YMO, "1000 Knives"

Thursday, March 26, at Scion Presents at the Gansevoort, 2399 Collins

Ave., Miami Beach. Others on the bill include Erol Alkan, Fan Death (DJ

set), and Rory Phillips. Party goes from 2 to 8 p.m. For admission

policy, RSVP to

Friday, March 27, at the Erol Alkan and Friends party at The Vagabond,

30 NE 14th St., Miami. Others on the bill include Erol Alkan and Late

of the Pier. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance from Ages 21+ with ID. Call 305-379-0508, or visit

-- Chris Toenes

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