If you had to sum up the last decade in one name, you could do worse than offering up James Murphy. The producer of The Rapture’s first album, lead singer of LCD Soundsystem and co-founder of era-defining DFA records was none other than the guy who got the po-faced indie kids dancing.
In the beginning of the new millennium, critics would relentlessly invent new names for DFA’s unholy, genre splicing brand of danceable punk that was as much 80s Chicago house as it was inspired by the freeform experimentalism of Captain Beefheart.
At the start of the new decade, James Murphy’s fingerprint can be seen all over the musical landscape. The man who sang: ‘I’m Losing my edge!’ in 2002 doesn’t actually seem to be losing anything. He still makes great records with LCD Soundsystem and he continues to facilitate awe-inspiring music as the head of DFA.
James Murphy is a bonafide renaissance man.