The “Shelter” Romy, Oliver and Jamie made was a ballad between one woman’s voice, a guitar, and the vast and dull sound of wide open distance. Now our savior “nu-disco crew” Hercules and Love Affair have re-cast it as a sad but nutritive house song, as good as the one Jamie XX made from Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep.” Now, with a deadpan diva vocal, it addresses not one love lost but the well-being of anyone who seeks protection and relief in other people. On the other hand, this sounds like you bottled the ’90s (the feeling of buying a mini-backpack in a bull-economy mall) into an essence. Now you can leak the stink of it into your workplace, your bedroom or wherever you’d like it to feel so crystal in the air.
Stream: Hercules and Love Affair, “Shelter (xx cover)” (Via The Guardian)