James Murphy of NYC-based DFA records is the mastermind behind this super-danceable mash-up of funk, punk, hip-hop, avant-garde art rock, psychedelic pop, and electronica. Fans of Talking Heads albums "Speaking in Tongues", and "Remain in Light" will love this!
Until recently, Murphy's resume consisted mainly of production credits, while releasing singles of his own music sporadically since '02 under the name LCD Sounsystem . This began with the brilliantly self-conscious "Losing My Edge", in which Murphy lists off a bunch of records and artists you've probably never heard of unless you are an obsessive-compulsive music collector, and sums up the uber-geek infighting with the conlusion "you don't know what you really want", all over top of a driving beat loop with smatterings of synth, distortion, instrumental noise, and under-production. In a way, this track sums up everything that LCD Soundsystem is about (and for this reason I highly recommend buying the 2-disc version, in which you get an overview of LCD Sounsystem before 2005).
It's clear that Murphy has obviously listenned to way more records than you, knows more than you do, and has more "indie cred" than you do, but it doesn't stop him from making a record that is accessible, smart, and a helluva lot of fun. And while in the midst of pop culture's current retro-and-underground-obsessed mood, and the dance-rock mini blip, this record is especially timely, Murphy is so refreshingly unafraid of showing his cards that it comes off as far from contrived.
So it's official - you can stop worrying about what pair of sneakers is hip this week and start having fun again.
P.S. If you can see them live, do it!!! So rad!