Following the massively acclaimed and already touted by many as the best album of 2007, `Sound of Silver', LCD Soundsystem release the previously download only and much sort after `45:33' track/ continuous mix (James' i-tunes only collaboration with Nike).
Without a doubt this is one of the most unique pieces of work you will hear all year and finally available on vinyl & CD with extra tracks thrown in for good measure. Add to this the forthcoming FABRICLIVE36: James Murphy & Pat Mahoney, a mix album from LCD Soundsystem founder Murphy and percussionist Pat Mahoney (out now) plus several remixes in the pipeline and you'll see why Murphy rarely takes a holiday.
might well confuse some of the music purists convinced that great art and commerce must never mix. This 45-minute suite of music, you see, is the result of a commission from sportswear company Nike, who hired LCD Soundsystems James Murphy to write music to accompany the perfect exercise workout. Murphy, perhaps aware that the gradual, building tempo and euphoric highs of a great run could be seen to closely mirror the dancefloor dynamic of a great DJ set, agreed, and the result is perhaps the most synthetic, funky, altogether club-like records to appear under the LCD name to date. Commencing with rising analogue synth notes, the piece shuffles into life on a sultry Studio 54 tip, a mid-tempo disco beat decorated with handclaps, euphoric piano, and soulful vocals. Before long, though, its shifting and mixing, first through an alternate instrumental cut of "Something Great" (which would later appear in full on LCDs 2007 album Sound of Silver
) then through phases of kosmiche electronica, velvety soul, and brass freak-outs-all intent on keeping the tempo pumping. Also included on this CD issue of 45.33
is three bonus tracks, the conga-tapping "Freak Out/Starry Eyes", a bleepy, dubbed-out mix of "North American Scum", and the bouncy bass grooves of "Hippie Priest Bum-Out". -Louis Pattison