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Boomkat Product Review:
Three years after their eponymous debut, Hercules & Love Affair unveil 'Blue Songs', featuring co-production by Patrick Pulsinger and a vocal cameo from Bloc Party's Kele Okereke. Like their first album, this one spans a time frame of references from early '80s proto-House/Disco to early '90s House, with many tracks benefitting from jazzy and electronic flourishes probably attributable to Patrick Pulsinger. 'Painted Eyes' opens to an infectious, fluid fusion of late disco strings and bleepy New York House while the killer 'My House' adds the diverse range of Berlin singer Aerea Negrot to the mix on a squidgy early '90s deep House joint, while 'Answers Come In Dreams' nods to Arthur Russell's avant-disco with added acid bass. One fo the album's strangest and most unique tracks has to be 'Boy Blue' a minimal rendition of oscillating synth bass, layered acoustic guitar, vocals and woodwind, forming a couplet with the pastoral title track, while more dancefloor goodness is to be found in the funky lather of 'Falling' and the killer 'Step Up' featuring Kele Okereke in a New York piano House context, and loving it.