It's probably been a year or more that the world stopped needing new The xx remixes, but Andy Butler is not a guy who follows these kinds of rules - just ask anyone at DFA. So for the b-side of the newest single, Hercules and Love Affair is covering ‘Shelter’.
And it’s alright...Though you’ll probably like it better if you dig Blue Songs' housier side.
Kim Ann Foxman takes the place of Romy Madley Croft on the vocals, the synthesizer for ‘My House’ replaces the warm and melodic piano from the original and house beats and synthetic handclaps (with a slightly increase in the BPM) makes the song much more dance floor friendly. Not bad, but it kinda kills the sparkle of the original. This cover also feels like more of a homage to a band/song they liked instead of a - well deserved but no longer necessary at this time - rebirth.
What is really good and totally necessary, is Aerea Negrot and ‘Painted Eyes’, the new Hercules single. One of the few songs on the album with a disco sound, this is an elegant set opening. Dramatic both in the voice of Aerea and in the lyrics (with “May your renegade heart never fade” being my favorite part of the song), the song is just beautiful; graceful violins, pulsating bass and radiant piano.
I know it’s really unfair to say so, especially with Aerea dominating this, but I can’t help but imagine how this would sound with Antony Hegarty. Probably much more dramatic and intense. Anyway, ‘Painted Eyes’ is great as it is. And you should get it when Moshi Moshi releases it on 18th of April.