The Feast of the Broken Heart

Hercules & Love Affair - The Feast of the Broken Heart
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2014 Ratings: #512 / 1012
User Score
Based on 53 ratings
2014 Ratings: #255
May 26, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Moshi Moshi / Label
Electro-Disco, House / Genres
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There’s more than enough contained within to confirm Butler’s genius at resurrecting the early spirit of house music. This will be the soundtrack to many a party over the summer months.


Butler and his co-producers concoct a similarly lean album that could fit on one side of a 90-minute cassette, but the edges and moods are much sharper than those of Blue Songs


Although Feast comes packed with Europeans and expats, the rhythms strike with Yankee assertiveness, the vocals now direct yet far more diverse. 


Having spent years deconstructing old house music, Butler's now become a considerably more faithful and accurate emulator.

The Line of Best Fit

Though Butler struggles to transform or reinvent his chosen genre – not that it appears he’s really trying to – he handles the conventions with style, and provides just enough tame experimentation to keep Feast wonderfully accessible to the Disclosure-ites

A.V. Club

Ultimately, it’s the most adventurous record yet from Hercules & Love Affair. The house and techno elements are immediate and occasionally aggressive, but there’s great warmth and intimacy here as well.

Resident Advisor

Butler's troupe have always been unique—a dance floor-friendly manifestation of the dissenting, politicised queer underground—but now they're making transcendent music again, too.

Drowned in Sound

As a daytime collection of songs this album has its faults, but as long as it's consumed after hours, preferably in a club, it excels with a persona charged with swirls of unbound desire and dance friendly dazzle.


Consciously retro, sure, but more convincingly so than Disclosure and similar young bucks.


100 +++


Pure fun. A record that's just as good for a night dancing alone as a night spent drinking with friends. Great vocal house with only one or two stinkers. Lyrics don't say a whole lot, but the music will make even your saddest friends get down with it.

If you're looking for a good time, it's hard to go wrong with this record.

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Track List

  1. Hercules Theme 2014
  2. My Offence [ft. Krystle Warren]
  3. I Try to Talk to You [ft. John Grant]
  4. That's Not Me [ft. Gustaph]
  5. Think [ft. Rouge Mary]
  6. 5.43 to Freedom [ft. Rouge Mary]
  7. The Light [ft. Krystle Warren]
  8. Liberty [ft. John Grant]
  9. Do You Feel the Same? [ft. Gustaph]
  10. The Key [ft. Rouge Mary]

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Added on: March 4, 2014