DAYSun July 23
Emerging from Brooklyn’s dance scene in the early 2000s, LCD Soundsystem’s mainman James Murphy’s deft way with a melody quickly set them apart from the shallow New York electronica scenesters. Coupling catchy choruses with wry, self-aware lyrics on early favourites ‘Losing My Edge’ and ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’, what the oft-dishevelled Murphy lacked in pretence he made up for with unforgettable music.
Initially commissioned for Nike as a workout mix, 2006 album ‘45.33’ was a brilliant work of ebb and flow which sounded like a Brian Eno and Giorgio Moroder collaboration. Captivating albums ‘Sound Of Silver’ and ‘This Is Happening’ followed in 2007 and 2010 respectively, but Murphy called time on the band with a passionate, celebratory Madison Square Garden show in New York in 2011.
After working with the rock icons Arcade Fire, David Bowie and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in the wake of LCD Soundsystem’s annulment, Murphy brought LCD back for revered reunion shows in 2016. With an arsenal of classic, influential songs (try Dance Yrself Clean, Someone Great, North American Scum and Us Vs Them, just for starters) and a new album scheduled for this year, 2017 sees LCD Soundsystem back with a vengeance.