Elec­tron­ica

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews -

Om­nion Her­cules & Love Af­fair BMG/ADA Den­ver DJ-pro­ducer Andy But­ler has al­ways been the nu­cleus of the loose col­lec­tive Her­cules & Love Af­fair, but the guests he’s roped in over the years have shaped the group’s ethos. On Om­nion, But­ler sings once, on the bass-led Fools Wear Crowns, where he con­fronts his ad­dic­tions, but is con­tent to leave the rest to a ros­ter of im­pres­sive guests. It’s this di­ver­sity of vo­cal per­for­mances, plus the dream­like qual­ity of many tracks as But­ler ex­plores themes of sex­u­al­ity and spir­i­tu­al­ity, that makes Om­nion more ex­pan­sive than its pre­de­ces­sor, 2014’s house-fo­cused The Feast of the Bro­ken Heart. While still thick with four-to-the-floor beats, Om­nion is not de­fined by them. The al­bum’s ti­tle track and opener, which But­ler de­scribes as

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