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Electro - Released February 8, 2019 | DFA Records - Columbia
While out on their 2018 tour behind the comeback album American Dream, the full LCD Soundsystem band swung into Electric Lady studio in New York to record their live set plus a few covers. This was something they had done before on The London Sessions back in 2010, and much like that album, this is an important document of a band at the height of their powers (again). Snapping through lively versions of songs from the album, the group balances the various synths, drums, and guitars into a lively, pulsing sound for James Murphy's always trenchant vocals. It's an act they've being pulling off for a long time and it still doesn't sound at all tired. It helps that Murphy wrote a fine bunch of songs, from the rambunctious ("tonite") to the poignant ("oh baby") to tracks that rage like Gang of Four at their best ("emotional haircut"). It also helps that the band play everything with passion and fire, like they are in a sweaty club instead of a legendary studio playing to no one. Added to the cracking versions of their own songs are covers of Chic (a scratchy "I Want Your Love" sung with gusto by Nancy Whang) and songs by two titans of synth pop. They assay a faithful rendition of the Human League's "Seconds" that finds Murphy doing his best Phil Oakey impression and a take on Heaven 17's "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" that's breathless fun. It's a fitting end to a set that's played and sung with inspired energy -- one that shows that LCD Soundsystem are still one of best working bands around even as they near their second decade of getting dance floors moving. ~ Tim Sendra
Electro - Released February 8, 2019 | Because Music Ltd.
The years fly by. Ten already! Nights Out is a golden nugget of synth pop from 2008 packed full of brooding hits such as Heartbreaker (with its squeaky door sample), A Thing For Me and Radio Ladio. With three synthesizers, a guitar, a nonchalant bass and falsetto choirs, the formula fed into the electro pop wave of the time, placing the group alongside the likes of Hot Chip. While much of the work from this genre remained in rather exclusive circles, Nights Out provoked a groundswell that affected a huge audience, despite its eccentric sound. Mr Mount, who was already an experienced producer and mixer, was at the helm of this record. After releasing Pip Pain (Pay The £5000 You Owe) alone in 2016, he joined forces with Oscar Cash and Gabriel Stebbing for this second album, though Joseph still produced almost all of it himself. It’s a concept album about having a bad time on a night out, with songs that are sometimes gloomy (Night Out), sometimes playful (On Dancefloors), but always brilliant. Metronomy plays with delays, dissonances and ever-so-catchy melodies, which still sound just as good one decade on. And what better an opportunity to revisit this wonderful record than with this anniversary edition which includes unreleased tracks, B-sides and rare recordings. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz