Label: Ninja Tune
If FaltyDL's third album sounds sweeter than its predecessors, that has something to do with the fact that he fell in love while making the record; songs like "She Sleeps" and "Straight & Arrow" transmit a sense of comfort that we've rarely heard from the restless Brooklyn producer. But the deeper love story here is his ongoing affair with classic house and breakbeat hardcore. His paean to dance music's golden age is filled with longing, but it's never retro. Instead, Hardcourage is a soul-baring missive to dance music's creative and emotive potential.