Hercules and Love Affair throw something new and inventive into the ring with their self titled debut. Pulling from several different genres they produce a unique and extremely enjoyable disco sound.
Fusing together everything from an almost blaxplotation sound in "Hercules Theme" to 90s dance influenced "You Belong" which could quite easily be Inner City. From the current era, a nod towards New Young Pony Club keeps it from being just a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The experimentation and individuality should be applauded. The producer on this album is Andrew Butler and his electro disco passion is here for all to see.
Something to note is the involvement of Antony Hegarty, winner if the Mercury Prize 2006 with Antony and the Johnsons. This is leagues apart from that heartfelt and stunningly emotional album. For such a distinctive and gentle voice it is a surprise to hear how well Hegarty and his voice fits. This for me is 100% better than his previous work. On tracks where he takes the lead vocals, like "Blind" with it's knightrider style baseline, he really stands out and it is one of the album highlights.
The album has been well structured, something Hot Chip could learn from. An excellent lead from high tempo tracks into the more mellow numbers, without it sounding disjointed.
The album does gave some fillers, "Easy" being one example, this is the only negative I can draw. Now this will be a hard act for follow when it comes to the second album.
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