Hercules & Love Affair - "Shelter" (The xx Cover) / "Painted Eyes"

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Hercules and Love Affair

Passed from the xx, the royal family of sexy minimalism, to their counterparts, the dukes and duchesses of sinister, cold house music behind Hercules and Love Affair, “Shelter” is a song that stays simple, compelling because of its empty space. The xx’s comes in that allover minimalist aesthetic – all bass throb and soft voice – but Hercules and Love Affair’s cover is creepy in its facelessness, its clinical hollowness, all the nothing beneath that skittering drum machine and head-nodding strobe-lit synth bubble. It’s a fantastic cover – Hercules and Love Affair capture the xx’s vibe through a wholly different and personalized medium. Listen here:

The "Shelter" cover is a b-side to Hercules & Love Affair's brand new single, "Painted Eyes," from their great new album, Blue Songs.