Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Hercules & Love Affair
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.
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.
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.
PW's Music Issue 2014