by James Murphy


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File under Indie Powers Used for Good. For the 36th volume of its Fabriclive series, Fabric tapped LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, a duo that has been DJing together for roughly a year and possibly perplexing a fair portion of the audiences by not relying on the kind of rhythmic post-punk that has informed their own music. Fair enough: the path from "North American Scum" to Donald Byrd's Isaac Hayes-produced "Love Has Come Around" (included here) is a lot less direct than the path from "Losing My Edge" to the Fall. Mixed with a Bozak -- a standard early mixer used with the basic two-turntable setup -- and aided when needed by the Logic program, Murphy and Mahoney's set tends to have the feel of an on-the-fly gig with occasionally imperfect beat-matching and the sound of actual vinyl being spun. The selections are very inspired, ranging from tracks that are well-known among disco freaks (Instant Funk's "I Got My Mind Made Up," Was [Not Was]' "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming," Love Committee's "Just as Long as I've Got You") to less-known or less-played cuts (GQ's "Lies," Chic's "I Feel Your Love Comin' On," Jackson Jones' "I Feel Good Put Your Pants On"). Only a few were made during the last 20 years, but they are just as relevant: Daniel Wang's years-ahead-of-its-time sample-and-loop-driven "Like Some Dream (I Can't Stop Dreaming)," Baby Oliver (aka Morgan Geist of Metro Area)'s loony "Primetime (Uptown Express)," LCD Soundsystem's practically all-percussion "Hippie Priest Bum-Out," Still Going's rather nice piano house/electro mutant "Still Going Theme." Disco purists might be miffed that two relative newcomers are meddling with their music and have been granted this type of high-profile platform, but there is a real upside in this disc's potential as a gateway into a very rich and -- despite excellent books and compilations that have come out during the past several years -- still largely misunderstood music form, at least for those younger listeners who are open-minded enough. And who could have a problem with that? (Well, secret-handshake snobs -- that's who.) A wide range of potential next stops for those who are just getting into disco: Larry Levan's Live at the Paradise Garage, Frankie Knuckles' Choice: A Collection of Classics (especially its first disc), Danny Krivit's Grass Roots, and -- if you tend to favor this set's weirder moments -- Geist's Unclassics.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2007
Label: Fabric
UPC: 0802560007228
catalogNumber: 00072
Rank: 69335

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Murphy   Primary Artist
David Byrne   Guitar
Peter Laurence Gordon   Synthesizer,Clarinet,Piano,Saxophone
Arto Lindsay   Guitar
Rebecca Armstrong   Vocals
Tom Bailey   Keyboards
Ernie Brooks   Bass
Iris Hiskey   Vocals
Dora Ohrenstein   Vocals
David Van Tieghem   Percussion,Drums,Electronic Drums

Technical Credits

Peter Laurence Gordon   Producer
Alphonse Mouzon   Composer,Producer
Edward Vesala   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Composer
Bunny Sigler   Producer
Larkin Arnold   Executive Producer
Donald Byrd   Executive Producer
Michael DeBenedictus   Composer
Clay Drayton   Composer
R. Bernard Fowler   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Producer
Emmanuel Rahiem LeBlanc   Composer
Kurt Munkasci   Producer,Engineer
Scipio Sargeant   Composer
Jack Tann   Producer
Ray Pinky Velazquez   Producer,Remixing
David Weiss   Composer,Producer
Don Was   Producer,Remixing
Larry Levan   Composer,Producer
Jimi Sumén   Composer
Jimi Tenor   Composer,Producer
Herb Lane   Composer
Paul Service   Composer
Jimmy Simpson   Producer
Daniel Wang   Composer,Producer
Jerry Cucuzzella   Producer
Roberto Tyson   Producer
Michel Bibeau   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Judy Wieder   Composer
Ken Collier   Remixing
Carol Campbell   Executive Producer
Junior Byron   Composer
DFA   Producer
Frank Beaty Wilson   Arranger,Producer
Eric Duncan   Composer,Producer
James Murphy   Composer
Eric Broucek   Composer,Producer,Composer's Assistant
Baby Oliver   Arranger,Producer
Layne Fox   Remixing
Fitz Roy   Arranger
Ron Rogers   Composer,Producer
William Duckett   Composer

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