Hercules and Love Affair

'Blue Songs'

Spin Rating7 of 10

No longer collaborating with Antony Hegarty or DFA's Tim Goldsworthy, DJ Andy Butler embarks on a largely new Love Affair, but remains faithful to dance music's gay halcyon days. The disco pulse is still there, elegant and elegiac, now joined by vintage Chicago flavors and other diversions (though a cameo by Bloc Party's Kele Okereke can't match the wow factor of 2008's self-titled debut). Blue Songs' prevailing mood is deep indigo, not ultraviolet, yet that darkness heightens and complicates. By shunning regulation house fierceness, Butler and crew offer gentle nocturnal sacrament.

By Barry Walters