Hercules and Love Affair's 2008 debut album was a turning point in the indie dance world, providing a soulful alternative to the chainsaw bass lines and rave sirens of the bloghouse brigade. While the world awaits their next mission statement, main man Andy Butler has cranked out this DJ mix, a window into the dance tracks that originally inspired him.
That means lots of underground 90s house and some disco oddities, along with I Can't Wait, a new Hercules and Love Affair track. Unlike many hipster-approved dance producers, Butler has a long history as a DJ and with the genre, bringing authenticity and credibility to the table.
As a feel-good summer dance mix, Sidetracked is fun and doesn't rely on obvious monster hits to keep the momentum. For DJs, there's also an unmixed second disc full of complete remastered versions of tracks, a format all commercially released DJ mixes should follow.
Top track: Sunshine, by Fax Yourself