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The second ever 12” from LCD Soundsystem is repressed here, sleeved in the original artwork from the 2003 UK edition. Following up the incredible "Losing My Edge" was always going to be a bit tricky, but LCD Soundsystem made a brilliant job of it with these two epic versions of "Yeah". The 'Crass' mix starts off all loose and punk-funk, with a bassline not dissimilar to Delta 5's "Mind Your Own Business", before slowly building with electronic key riffs, percussion etc into a full on disco-not-disco freak-out. The 'Pretentious' version is instrumental and has more of a dubbed-out feel. Wow!

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Were you there? I was THERE when LCD released their second single - NYC Disco-not-disco laced with Detroit techno, ear bleed resonance and cool AF lyrics. YEAH!

Much like 2011's "London Sessions" (a live set recorded in the wake of their triumphant Glasto performance, "Electric Lady Sessions" captures LCD Soundsystem at the height of their powers in the midst of the riotious "American Dream" tour. Taking over New York's Electric Lady studios in January 2018, the band ripped through some of the finest moments from their latest album alongside fan favourites "You Wanted A Hit", "Get Innocuous" and "Home" as well as a trio of cover versions. 
Incredibly, the group manage to pack the power, precision and loose limbed energy of their live shows onto wax, most notably when the Talking Heads-styled "Home" morphs into a KDJ-meets-Terje take on Chic's ecstatic "I Want Your Love", an ultimate record geek freak out. UK fans will also enjoy the Sheffield synth pop classics which bookend the set, namely James & co's versions of Human League's epic "Seconds" and Heaven 17’s disco-not-disco killer "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang". The best band in the world at their best folks!

LCD Soundsystem

I Used To (Dixon Retouch) / Pulse (v.1)

Reformed, refreshed and reinvigorated, the most important band of the 21st Century (Patch says!) LCD Soundsystem returned last year with the remarkable "American Dream", their finest album to date. Now, Murphy and co pluck a couple of killers from that masterpiece and hand the stems over to a pair of party fiends and friends for a two part remix series. First up, Innervisions head and Berlin house legend Dixon takes on the broody, pensive and propulsive "I Used To" and opens it out into a clinical club cut. Reshaping the track into a spacious mix down, Dixon allows maximum room for the icy synth tones to stand out, while the clipped rhythm section is perfectly suited to a Funktion One. Stealing the show though is that most wonderful of things, a non album LCD track. Like "Starry Eyes / Freak Out" and "Hippie Priest Bum-Out" before it (amongst many others), "Pulse (V.1)" sees the NYC ensemble wave goodbye to pop songform and say hello to freeform jamming, this time on a punk funk meets minimal techno trip out. The track builds from the icy arps of a techy synth line, through loose live drums and Blank Tapes organs into a bleeping, squelcho bassline breakdown right out of the Maurice Fulton playbook. After five body moving minutes, the track suddenly veers off into new realms, repurposing those elements first as a tense and claustrophobic snapshot of ambient techno, then as an ecstatic and spiritual experience. Edge intact, LCD are back.

LCD Soundsystem

American Dream

    Deep breaths...headphones on...needle dropped. LCD Soundsystem are back. Seven years after their last long player, and six years since their premature retirement, NYC's era defining, life changing indie-dance/alt-disco/punk-funk legends are back on wax with their fourth LP "American Dream". As the live hats and staccato pulse of "Oh Baby" give way to tender arps, dramatic synth bass and Murhpy's crooning vocals, all seems well in the world once more. Imbued with the same cinematic quality with which "All My Friends" and "Someone Great" stole our hearts a decade ago, this album opener is vintage LCD. One track in and I'm already hooked. "Other Voices" pushes the tempo and picks up the intensity, fusing low slung bass, sizzling 4/4 and buzzing synthwork into the kind of hypnotic, disco-rock groover the world's been crying out for. Backwards guitar solos and strange synth riffs lend a little psychedelic colour while Murphy's vocals, ably supported by Nancy Wang and Korey Richey, retain all the sardonic lyricism of a particularly arch Larry David. Closing the first side out with shimmering synths, slow rolling bass and a moody piano, "I Used To" details a midlife moment of clarity before the squawking guitar, loose groove and Bowie-styled vocals of "Change Yr Mind" bring the punk to the funkshow. Tumbling toms, immersive reverb and distant vocals march around nagging violin and spectral arpeggios on "How Do You Sleep?", creating a gloomy Joy Division ambience which soon bursts into a slo-mo technicolour via chugging percussion and big bass blasts - Far from your average drug ballad, this is gonna bring the house down live! Blasting through the speakers on a tank full of squelching synthbass, snapping electronic percussion and Murphy's trademark half spoken/ half sung vocals, current single "Tonite" picks up the electroid baton from "Yeah" and "Pow Pow" and treats us to relentless barrage of Murphy's needle-point self referencial wit. Hilarious, danceable and deeply on point, this could well be an album standout. Presumeably inspired by his time working on Bowie's "Blackstar", "Call The Police" pairs an achingly sincere, occasionally bleak lyricism with anthemic rock drums and buzzing guitars, relishing in the bittersweet beauty of life. Electro-pop ballad "American Dream" continues the quest for understanding and acceptance in the tough climate of 2017 as Murphy leads us waltzing through the richest synth tones of his career. As we arrive at the final side Murphy et al blitz through the punk inspired rage of "Emotional Haircut", a hair-raiser in the style of early !!! or Outhud, before embracing the existential melancholy of "Black Screen", the medicated lullaby which closes the set with buzzing synth tones and delicate piano. Though this album may lack the immediacy of its predecessors, it offers infinite emotional depth, sincerity and faultless songwriting. Leave your skepticism at the door, this is the best LCD Soundsystem LP to date.


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    David says: As you can imagine, news of a newly reformed LCD and a fourth album was greeted with trepidation here at Piccadilly. The band had gone out with a BANG in 2011, playing a sold out show at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden. What remained for James Murphy to say or do? As it turns out, everything. As Murphy himself, freely admits, the band were already bloated and old when they split, so there was no chance of the fans being disappointed in that respect, which just leaves the music... Let’s not mince our words then, ‘American Dream’ is a triumph. It’s a new record whose primary focus is the end of things. Pop icons, (ghosts of pop past litter the album, whether it be Bowie on “Change Yr Mind” or Alan Vega and Suicide on “Oh Baby”), relationships, music, even the American Dream itself. However, amongst all these endings, LCD remain a constant. Murphy is still a musical magpie, still lifting wholesale from Mark E. Smith, still the biggest nerd in the record shop, (the hobbled veteran of the disk shop inquisition), still losing (what’s left) of his edge but at the same time defining 2017 in a way that none of his contemporaries can.

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    2xLP Info: Includes lyric sheet.

    2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

    "London Sessions" is an unique John Peel / radio session style nine track encapsulation of LCD Soundsystem in perhaps their rawest and most original recordings to date.

    The session itself was recorded in one day at the Pool / Miloco studios in south London on June 29th 2010; the week following the band's triumphant Glastonbury performance. Fans of LCD Soundsystem will know that radio sessions are something that have never been a staple of the band’s career thus far because of the belief in the necessity to maintain the highest quality of all sonic recordings released into the ether. The set, which spans the breadth of their career to date, perfectly captures the intuitive live evolvement of LCD as a band. Notably, nothing is replicated with computers. Instead, everything is played live, in real time; creating a tougher, looser and less clinical performance. These sessions feature tracks from all of their three studio albums, as well as long lost B-side classic "Yr City's A Sucker". The tracks were subsequently mixed by James Murphy in NYC at DFA’s plantain studio and mastered by his longtime cohort Bob Weston in Chicago.



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    2xLtd LP Info: Deluxe 2xLP, in a gatefold sleeve.

    LCD Soundsystem

    This Is Happening

      The drip-feed of LCD anticipation ("Bye Bye Bayou", "Pow Pow") is over and "This Is Happening" has finally arrived. A natural extension to previous long player “Sound Of Silver”, this new set contains everything we love about LCD (shouty indie-disco, killer pop hooks, James Murphy's witty musings, big fat electronic noises, proper sing-along anthems and hummable tunes), and is the perfect circle closer on the outfit's trilogy of albums. And if "This Is Happening" is "Sound Of Silver Part 2" (in the best possible way), it is also packed with influences and inspirations from the golden era of music - the late 70s and early 80s (well, that's my golden era anyway!). Murphy's subliminal magpie-like tendencies seep through as Berlin era Bowie and Iggy ("Drunk Girls" and "All I Want" bear more than a passing resemblance to "Boys Keep Swinging" and "Heroes", while "Somebody's Calling Me" hints at "Night Clubbing"), Eno circa "Here Come The Warm Jets", Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra electronics (check that motorik chug on "I Can Change"), disco and classic US new wave radio bands (all skinny ties and drainpipe jeans) all get fed into the LCD song machine. But while other bands might turn out poor one-dimensional pastiches of the music they love, no matter who or what LCD Soundsystem reference, the resulting songs could be by no-one else but themselves. As everyone knows, all the best bands quit while they're still ahead, and as an album that calls time on the LCD Soundsystem idea, "This Is Happening" bows out on a high. As if it was going to do anything else?!


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      2xLP Info: Deluxe gatefold sleeve double vinyl with full colour inner sleeves and 12"x12" insert.

      Originally only available as a download, James Murphy's 45 minute-long work-out track was commissioned by Nike. Actually the '45 minute-long track' is a red herring, as "45:33" is six different tracks mixed together to create a perfect backdrop for running. So, you get two minutes of warm up music, which sounds like some late 60s electronic synth experiment. This then segues into the simple hand clap and piano opening to track two, which builds into a great disco song, complete with soulful vocals. Next up there's an instrumental of LCD's "Someone Great", which works its way into a fantastic piece of cosmic-edged disco-house featuring twisted treated spoken vocals (by Murphy I'm presuming) that almost drop into "Losing My Edge" territory. Track five opens with a horn blast before launching into an energetic post-punk tribal disco-not-disco killer - it's like some lost Pigbag track remixed by Arthur Russell! Lastly, it's warm down time, set to some gently cascading synths and ambient atmospherics. Now, as I get out of breath running for the bus (time; 45 seconds), I can't say whether this would work for jogging to, but as a mix CD, or as individual tracks it's fantastic.

      LCD Soundsystem

      Sound Of Silver

      THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2007

      Recorded in upstate New York over the summer of 2006, "Sound Of Silver" is an ambitious step up from LCD Soundsystem's eponymous debut album. Not only does it drop all those stylistic references we love here at Piccadilly Records (punk-funk, Krautrock, early 80s Euro-disco, post-punk guitar music etc), going far beyond the simple pastiche of many bands around vying for the LCD crown, but then combines these with some excellent song writing from James Murphy. So, the expected disco-pogo guitars-meet-synths club anthems of "North American Scum", "Us V Them" and "Watch The Tapes" mingle with emotive home-listening songs like "Someone Great", "All My Friends" and "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down". Where "LCD Soundsystem" came across as a collection of singles (albeit brilliant singles!), "Sound Of Silver" feels like a proper, well thought out long player. In short: Same sound, better songs.

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      2xLP Info: 180 gram vinyl includes free poster.

      What we said way back in 2004: 'The debut album from James Murphy and his DFA buddies finally arrives and it's well worth any hype that's surrounded it. Along with Tim Goldsworthy, Nancy Whang, Phillip Mossman, Patrick Mahoney and Tyler Pope, Murphy has created a brilliant LP that not only rides the top of the zeitgeist wave of current post-punk / punk-funk revivalism, but goes way beyond there too, taking in loose electro-acoustic disco-not-disco, anthemic electroclash, fierce guitar-driven hardcore and intimate melancholy. Not to be missed!'

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      LP Info: Single LP in gatefold sleeve.


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