lcd soundsystem release ‘the london sessions’ on november 9th 2010 through dfa/virgin records, available exclusively on iTunes through december 6th.
the london sessions is a unique ‘john peel session style’ 9 trk encapsulation of one of today’s most acclaimed acts 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, in the week following this year’s triumphant glastonbury performance. it was locked in order to record tracks for dissemination across the globe through the medium of contemporary rock radio; 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. here nothing is replicated with computers, everything instead is recreated in real time, tougher, looser and less clinically. It features tracks from all of their studio albums to date, as well as long lost b-side classic ‘yr city’s a sucker’ and is a must for any fan of the band. the tracks were subsequently mixed by james murphy in nyc at dfa’s plantain studio & mastered by his longtime cohort bob weston in chicago.
the tracklist is as follows:
us v them
all I want
daft punk is playing at my house
all my friends
I can change
yr city’s a sucker
since the release of ‘this is happening’, the speculation has continued to build that this is the final lcd album. those who witnessed their sold out April tour and any one of this summer’s triumphant festival headline shows at pitchfork, V, coachella, 02 Wireless, reading/leeds or the aforementioned glastonbury performance will know that lcd are still one of the most explosive and relevant live bands around today. the band has been an omni-present live force across the world since their new line-up debuted at coachella back in march, more recently drawing a crowd of over 13,000 to the legendary hollywood bowl & stealing the show everywhere from bonnaroo to fuji rock via australia, france, germany, tel aviv and beyond.
lcd is currently in the midst of an extensive US tour that takes them through to their arrival in europe for series of co-headline shows with hot chip throughout november.