LCD Soundsystem - London Sessions (2011)

MUSiC. April 13, 2011 by aomua.

LCD Soundsystem - London Sessions (2011)
Genre: Electronic/Dance | Label: Virgin | MP3 320 kbps | 137 MB

LCD Soundsystem debuted with "Losing My Edge," a single that became one of the most talked-about indie releases of 2002. A self-effacing spoof of the outrageous pissing contests that often occur whenever music geeks cross paths ("I was there at the first Can show in Cologne," etc.) laid over a puttering electronic beat with the occasional bursts of discoid clatter, the track was also one of the first released on the DFA label. Several magazines and newspapers would eventually declare James Murphy, the man behind both LCD Soundsystem and DFA, to be one of the coolest people on the planet.

In the midst of their 2010 world tour, LCD Soundsystem stopped off at Miloco Studios to record their live set. Utilizing a full band with skills honed to a fine point by the road, the resulting album is incredibly focused and powerful. Both the band and frontman James Murphy are at the top of their considerable games as they motor through what could almost be a "greatest hits of LCD" set (minus a few choice tracks like "Losing My Edge" and "North American Scum"). Highlights are rambunctious charges though "Daft Punk" and "Drunk Girls," the lovely Eno-inspired "All I Want," a forcefully funky take on "Pow Pow," and a stuttering "Us v Them." Since Murphy creates the Soundsystem's records mostly by himself, it??e??aos very interesting (and impressive) to hear how the band takes the precise studio sound of the albums and makes it come alive. Everything that makes LCD so impressive is captured on London Sessions and then some. The propulsive beats of the locked-in rhythm section of Tyler Pope on bass and Pat Mahoney on drums, the complex and funky interplay of the guitarists (Matthew Thornley and David Scott Stone), and the keyboard manipulations of Nancy Whang and Gavin Russom (on what looks like enough vintage electronics to launch an early Apollo rocket) are equal to the studio albums. The group vocals that back Murphy, both chanted and sung in doo wop harmonies, are quite different than the usual LCD approach unusually elastic and inspired vocals, which range from insistent to hilarious, on top of the band??e??aos sound, you??e??aove got the 2000s equivalent of Talking Heads when they expanded the group and became a huge force of oddball funk. It??e??aos a more intense and synthesized version, and Murphy is no David Byrne (since he??e??aos more likely to be in a dirty T-shirt than a big suit), but this wouldn??e??aot work half as well if he were. His hopped-up hipster everyman with a bruised heart style is perfect for the band??e??aos small-club intensity, and the album leaps out of the speakers with an intense power that makes it more than just a commemoration of their 2010 tour; it??e??aos a vital addition to their already near-perfect catalog. It??e??aos also more proof that LCD Soundsystem just might be the best band of the decade.

Track List:

01.Us Vs. Them (London Session)
02.All I Want (London Session)
03.Drunk Girls (London Session)
04.Get Innocuous! (London Session)
05.Daft Punk Is Playing At My House (London Session)
06.All My Friends (London Session)
07.Pow Pow (London Session)
08.I Can Change (London Session)
09.Yr City Is A Sucker (London Session)



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