October 25, 2013


Beyond Arcade Fire: James Murphy's Best Dance Productions & Remixes

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Since exiting LCD Soundsystem with a string of 2011 shows in New York City, culminating with a mind-blowing set at Madison Square Garden captured in the concert movie Shut Up and Play the Hits, frontman James Murphy has been a busy man. He's now scoring a Broadway play starring Daniel Craig, wants to write a novel (perhaps regretting not accepting that writing gig on Seinfeld in the 1990s), maybe start a family and has kicked around the idea of opening a knick-knack store in Brooklyn. But he's kept busy in the studio, producing material for a plethora of artists, most notably the Arcade Fire

Murphy was in music news headlines throughout 2013, leaking info on the Montreal collective's new album Reflektor (out October 28) bit by bit. And with AF's recent appearances on Saturday Night Live and a pair of Brooklyn gigs during CMJ, one thing is clear: Win Butler and Co. want to dance and they recruited the right guy to make it happen. With Murphy's help, Reflektor is a pastel-lit goth-disco record full of the soft bass blubs and shimmering electric keyboards that have become his signature. But Murphy's unique sound didn't happen overnight, no sir. He honed his craft over the past decade as the DFA, his production duo with label co-founder Tim Goldsworthy.

Here are 10 best dance productions and remixes Murphy, either solo or with the DFA, produced over the last decade that led to his role helping shape Arcade Fire's Reflektor as another dance party fireball.

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