Hercules & Love Affair – ‘The Feast Of The Broken Heart’

Andy Butler's dance troupe pack cutting edge retro-focused tunes on third album

It’s a lingering injustice that Andy Butler’s Hercules & Love Affair will forever be measured against ‘Blind’ – their 2008 Antony Hegarty-fronted debut single. ‘The Feast Of The Broken Heart’, H&LA’s third album, fights to correct this. More club-oriented than 2011’s middling ‘Blue Songs’, it sounds like the cutting edge of London or Chicago circa 1988: hip-house on ‘Hercules Theme 2014’, acid synths on ‘5:43 To Freedom’. Consciously retro, sure, but more convincingly so than Disclosure and similar young bucks. As ever with H&LA, guest vocalists are crucial, Krystle Warren taking no shit on ‘My Offence’ and John Grant crooning up a storm on the icy, nocturnal ‘Liberty’.

Noel Gardner

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