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8 reasons why the LCD Soundsystem reformation matters

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  • Mixmag Staff
  • 6 January 2016

1 James Murphy is one of the most distinctive voices in dance music

At once incredibly contemporary but also somehow a throwback to the Irish troubadour tradition of singer-storyteller and late-night sing-song, the big New Jersey bruiser is the closest we've ever got to a Springsteen of our own.

2 No one else makes dance music as poignant or melancholic as them

For something so intrinsically celebratory, it may seem odd that nearly all dance music is written in a minor key. But while you might find a core of downheartedness in many a party banger, no one does melancholia quite like LCD. From the empty longing of 'Someone Great' to the wistful 'New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down', by way of 'All My Friends', no one is going to have you wiping away a tear and longing for a hug with your best mate quite like Murphy. Let's hope they've got a Kleenex stand at Coachella this year.

3 DJs will be inspired to bring LCD Soundsystem back into clubs

LCD Soundsystem records haven't received much airing in the country's best nightspots lately, tragically being more likely heard dodgily mixed between Arctic Monkeys and The Killers tracks in indie clubs. Their music may not be conventionally clubby, but drawn for at the right time and it can induce special dancefloor moments, and they also have a wealth of more floor-focused remixes that will go down a storm at any point. We saw John Talabot draw for Carl Craig's version of 'Sound Of Silver' on New Year's Day and it was an undoubted highlight of the night. Here's hoping more renowned selectors take inspiration from LCD's reunion and dust off those DFA record sleeves.

4 They always capture the zeitgeist

Tracks like 'Daft Punk is Playing At My House' and 'Losing My Edge' identified a new breed of electronic music hipster before anyone else, while 'New York I Love You...' was a paean to the disappearing nightlife of NYC. James Murphy's brand of reflective songwriting is perhaps exactly what we need in the post EDM world.

 
 
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