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JESSICA 6 – SEE THE LIGHT (Disco/Electro – US)

Brooklyn trio Jessica 6 are gearing up for the release of their long-awaited debut album, See The Light, which will drop on June 6 on London-based independent label Peacefrog (also home to indie folk singer-songwriter José González and Swedish electronica foursome Little Dragon).

In the run-up to this exciting release, Nomi Ruiz, Morgan Wiley and Andrew Raposo are unleashing two singles in two days. First up is “White Horse”, released today May 1. It’s a dark electro number, here remixed by 90s House music legend Todd Terry.

Jessica 6 - White Horse (Todd Terry Remix)     

Next in line will be “Prisoner of Love”. Scheduled for release tomorrow May 2, this silky smooth blippy love lament features guest vocals by Hercules & Love Affair mate and good friend Antony Hegarty. His and Nomi’s voices weave around each other all the way into the song’s grandiose climax.

Jessica 6 - Prisoner of Love (Ft. Antony Hegarty)     

Both “White Horse” and “Prisoner of Love” can be ordered as 12″ vinyls on Peacefrog’s online store. If you want to sample more music by Jessica 6 or see their tour schedule, check them out on MySpace. You can also buy more music on Jessica 6

HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR – BLIND (Disco/Electro – US)

Hercules and Love Affair is a New York-based musical project. Their record company (dance music mainstay DFA Records) describes them as “a pan-sexual mix for our troubled times”.

That is one way of describing this eclectic bunch of artists and guest vocalists: Antony Hegarty (the Mercury prize-winning torch singer and radical gay performance artist, with a strong interest in gender reassignment), transsexual vocalist Nomi Ruiz, dancer Shayne, a gay B-boy and mainstay of New York’s voguing scene, and Kim Ann Foxmann (a Hawaiian lesbian jewellery designer famed for running a notorious club called Mad Clams, where one could apparently “get away with anything – smoking, sex, drugs, peeing in the corner, dancing naked”).

The band’s central figure, Andrew Butler, began his musical career at 15, DJing in a Denver leather bar run by a hostess called Chocolate Thunder Pussy. He then moved to Brooklyn, in order to attend Sarah Lawrence College and fulfill his dreams of building a career in music.

Hercules & Love Affair’s debut album (produced by Butler and Tim Goldsworthy) was released on 10 March 2008 on DFA Records. It has been critically well-received and charted in the top 40 in several countries. The band made their live debut on May 17, 2008, at the Studio B venue in Brooklyn, New York, before going on a European and North American tour.

Hercules and Love Affair - Blind (Feat. Antony Hegarty)     

Their song “Blind” co-written and featuring guest Antony (lead vocalist in Antony & The Johnsons) was awarded Best Song of 2008 by Pitchfork Media. For Butler’s sophomore album under the Hercules moniker, he says he will involve “a whole handful of new artists,” stating that his plan is to release music with a rotating cast of performers and musicians.

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