Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair (4 stars)

Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair

(EMI/DFA)

DISCO HOUSE

We can only hope that Hercules and Love Affair’s stunning debut single ‘Blind’ doesn’t soak all the attention away from this great record, because otherwise the new last days of disco start here.

Neglecting the affecting contributions of big-name guest vocalist Antony Hegarty on the aforementioned track and the soulfully ambient ‘Time Will’, for instance, H&LA’s controller Andy Butler has a rich and sassy work which holds its own on or off the dancefloor.

Horns are prominent on urbane, funk-ridden floor fillers like ‘Hercules Theme’, ‘Athene’ and ‘This is My Love’. Yet, Butler also mixes in some expertly classic house dynamics on the gorgeous ‘You Belong’ and a bit of Massive Attack’s trippy, after-hours aesthetic, all of which combines to create 2008’s first great dance record.

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