2010 Preview: LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
A while ago I posted a brief preview of some great music to be released in the first half of 2010. And now some of that music has arrived, and not before time too. I’m gonna have a more in-depth look at some of these albums.
First up is perhaps my most anticipated record of the whole year (that is if Radiohead don’t release anything) and I’m sure a lot of people agree with me on that. LCD Soundsystem is the name of James Murphy’s musical experimentation and has revolutionised the dance music for a lot of people. While European acts like Daft Punk succeeded in making club music relevant again for a mainstream audience, Murphy’s label DFA Records and LCD Soundsystem have provided the blueprint for all of today’s indie-hipster dance groups making waves. Hot Chip, Holy Fuck, Klaxons, Friendly Fires and Delphic all owe James some serious props.
From debut single Losing My Edge onwards, Murphy specialised in dirty-yet-poppy funk beats and wry, knowing lyrics that punctured the elitism of the club scene hilariously. Debut album LCD Soundsystem was more of the same, but it wasn’t until second album Sound Of Silver that, in my mind, Murphy produced a truly great album. The themes of growing up, disconnection and exasperation with America was the perfect fodder for Murphy to create his masterpiece. I thought he would never top it.
But I might be wrong. Murphy has put several songs online for fans to stream (and, naturally, these have been ripped and shared amongst the blogging community) and so far, it seems more of the same. Lead single Drunk Girls seems like another poppy singalong, plucked from the same crop as Sound Of Silver’s lead track North American Scum. It’s another barely veiled attack of a song, and it’s catchy, if a bit repetitive. But it’s opening track Dance Yrself Clean that really works for me. It’s just a complete banger. Another epic song at almost nine minutes in length, it bobs and flows along sweetly, with Murphy delivering his usual barely bothered vocals over rolling percussion. Add in some 8-bit keyboards and thundering drums and it is an instant classic.
Word is that the album has leaked, even though James begged his fans not to do it. That does suck. If your into that, download it and give it a listen. But remember to buy it. If anyone deserves your hard-earned cash, it’s this guy. Let’s hope the album is worth it.