Laura Martin, The Independent
The reason for his emergence now is a new album that’s he’s truly happy with: Homage, a joyous old-school disco record complete with horn sections, big backing vocals, strings and the odd cow bell. It comes in the wake of the recent disco revival led by Nile Rodgers and Daft Punk; Somerville says that society needs the genre more than ever. “When disco came around the first time, there was this real core of progressive thinking and a positive lyrical content – about freedom, the possibilities of love, change and expression. I think we live in such fearful times at the moment [that] we start to close in on ourselves. [Disco is the] antidote to that.”
Homage is quite an album.