EP Review: Andy Butler – ‘You Can Shine’

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Debuting his first solo EP since three albums as Hercules & Love Affair, Andy Butler’s self-titled EP provides a tough, techno-infused introduction into his new solo work .

The EP features two tracks, opening with title track ‘You Can Shine’. The track is a delight of expansive bass lines and 90s disco, to which Butler claimed that he ‘wanted to tap into the gospel tradition’ and with the help of rising NYC artist, Richard Kennedy’s smooth and soulful vocal, ‘You Can Shine’ does just that. In a press statement he spoke more of the “testifying quality to the record”, the way that the lyrics are about supporting others to “shine” and ignoring your own ego. With the combination of the deep, uplifting lyrics and vocals over Butler’s infamous house jam, it is nothing less than unique.

‘Personality Track’ is less lyrical and collected, but features rumbling tech beats with the aid of uncompromising percussion and added vocals. Equally as strong and direct as lead track, ‘You Can Shine’, the track acts to support the latter, but can additionally stomp on its own with clear, booming techno.

After the critical acclaim of Hercules & Love Affair’s third album ‘The Feast of the Broken Heart’, the EP marks a solid and exciting beginning to Butler’s solo electronic career. Due for release March 16th via Butler’s own label mr.intl launched in 2009, Butler is also set to follow with re-releases of acid house and Belgian New Beat classics.

The EP is also set to be followed by a tour with dates in the USA, Canada, Chile and Mexico, with UK dates yet to be announced. Alongside these dj appearances he is also set for performances with Hercules & Love Affair.

By Lillie Esme Bellamy