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DFA Compilation #2

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First time available on final! New York's ultra-cool and totally brilliant DFA (Death From Above) label bring us a second round up of all their twelves following on from "Compilation #1". Included are two discs of awesome punk-funk bombs from JOY, The Rapture, LCD Soundsystem and a first ever DFA-Liquid Liquid collaboration "Bellhead" (soooo good!), or more electronic and electro-punk outings from The Juan Maclean, Pixeltan, Delia Gonzalez, Black Leotard Front and Black Dice. The third disc features a DJ-mixed selection by Tim Sweeney and Tim Goldsworthy. You need this!!

“What could have been a mere anthology of the label's uniformly excellent 2004 output is, additionally, a meticulously assembled personal narrative. This is a label that balances its musical and commercial aspirations with an earthy, no-bullshit disposition and - let's say it - the world's best fucking handclaps.” - Nick Sylvester, Pitchfork, in the heady days of 2004.

Behold, "Compilation #2". A compendium what are arguably the best prime-era DFA cuts, mostly all recorded and/or remixed at the old DFA Studios on W. 13th Street (with some notable exceptions), released as 12-inches at the time, and then compiled onto a 3xCD set for convenience because, at the time, people actually bought CDs more than vinyl.

Now, in the spirit of time not really being much of a linear thing anymore, and for our own selfish desire to have this version of Liquid Liquid’s “Bellhead,” produced by the DFA, finally committed to wax, we have reverse engineered this thing back onto vinyl and presented it as a four-record boxed set.

We went back and found the master tapes or files for each song - a not insignificant effort given our habit of disorganization. We then rather painstakingly resequenced and remastered it with the guy we trust with such things: Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. The lacquers Bob cut were plated and pressed at what we believe to be one of the best pressing plants in the country: QRP in Salina, Kansas.

We tell you all of this to say: we took this shit pretty seriously. Because we felt like it was important and because we felt like some folks would really appreciate it. It sounds remarkable. It looks great. (Rob Carmichael re-did the original packaging, adding a new photo from DFA OG Tim Saccenti from one of the original parties at W. 13th St.) Of course, we somehow can’t stop ourselves from making labeling errors - Pixeltan’s “That’s the Way I Like It” somehow escaped the center labels on the fourth record. It’s kind of the DFA curse. Has to be!


A1. Black Leotard Front - Casual Friday
B1. J.O.Y. - Sunplus (DFA Remix)
B2. The Juan MacLean - I Robot
B3. The Juan MacLean - Dance Hall Modulator Dub
C1. Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom - Rise (DFA Remix)
C2. Black Dice - Wasteder
C3. J.O.Y. - Sunplus
D1. LCD Soundsystem - Yeah (Pretentious Version)
D2. The Rapture - Sister Saviour (DFA Dub)
E1. Liquid Liquid - Bellhead
E2. LCD Soundsystem - Yeah (Crass Version)
F1. Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom - El Monte
F2. The Rapture - Alabama Sunshine
G1. Pixeltan - Get Up : Say What (DFA Remix)
G2. LCD Soundsystem - Beat Connection (Extended Disco Dub)
H1. Pixeltan - That’s The Way I Like It
H2. Black Dice - Endless Happiness (EYE Remix)
H3. The Juan MacLean - Less Than Human

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