On the Record: Dom, Lotus, Maria Taylor & More

Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.

By Bill Chenevert
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Hercules & Love Affair

Blue Songs

(Moshi Moshi)

Sounds Like: Dancefloor misfits led by Andy Butler return with new personnel (sadly, no Antony Hegarty) and house tracks with heavy-handed late-’80s club vibes.

Free Association: OK, it’s not the self-titled gem from 2008, but we needed somethin’.

For Fans Of: Chicago house, Liquid Liquid x Chic, parachute pants, vogue raves.

Maria Taylor


(Saddle Creek)

Sounds Like: Formerly one half of Azure Ray, the 35-year-old Alabaman’s a sage, matured and sophisticated voice on this band-supported excellent fourth solo LP.

Free Association: A Saddle Creek LP sounding NOTHING like Conor Oberst—success!

For Fans Of: Orenda Fink, Beth Orton x Liz Phair, country girls, aging tastefully.



(ILG/Green Owl)

Sounds Like: Brilliant debut of Philly-raised Zakee Kuduro’s Brazilian-influenced collage of sound; afro-beat, hip-hop, electro and world music in his silky delivery.

Free Association: A super-refreshing and exciting new Philly voice on the rise.

For Fans Of: TV On the Radio x the Weeknd, the Very Best expounding on weed.

Wavepool Abortion

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