Album: Hercules and Love Affair, Hercules and Love Affair (DFA)

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If the notion of a warm, soulful vocal set against cold, inhuman electronica seems counter-intuitive, it shouldn't: it's 25 years since Yazoo first pioneered the idea. And the fact that the voice of Antony Hegarty is unusually well suited to such a juxtaposition has been common knowledge since his guest appearances on albums by My Robot Friend and Björk. With Hercules and Love Affair, a New York collective led by Andrew Butler, he's not merely a guest: he's the star. The spectrum of Hercules and Love Affair's sound has Moroder disco at one end and tech-house at the other. Hegarty's contributions are so delicious you could weep.

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