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Topic: DFA Records

Do you do you do you do you wan-na dance?

With free, new tracks from The Rapture and M83, you oughta be set

While this speculation remains unconfirmed, the New York dance band’s sure to sell a bunch of albums this fall. Their fourth LP, “In the Grace of Your Love,” hits stores in September, courtesy of DFA Records.

The nearly 7-minute melodramatic disco banger “How Deep Is Your Love” is the album’s first single, and if it’s any indicator, “Grace” is going to absolutely slay the competition for album of the year.

Here’s why: The Rapture previously operated as a pretty stripped-down, manic, dance-punk band (see: 2003’s excellent “Echoes”) but “Deep” exhibits some aggressive sonic expansion. Included is a more earnest and theatrical lyrical arrangement as well as more nuanced use of keys and synths, where those were mostly used as solo instruments on previous Rapture records.

Somewhere, Justin Vernon’s beard trembles.

Anywho, M83 is another electro band slated for an ambitious fall release (a double-LP, in fact) that just so happens to have put out a terrific single to hype it.

Midnight City” starts off sounding the way MGMT did on their first record — dancey and psychedelic on an epic scale. I’ve got a feeling that the French electro-poppers will be highly sought-after on next summer’s festival schedule.—Matt Carney

by Matt Carney 07.21.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: Galaxy quest

I remember ‘The First Time I Saw Jupiter.’

While Mike Cahill’s film “Another Earth” may have proved a bit overly ambitious, today’s VOTD is nothing of the sort.

The movie was scored by DFA Records band Fall On Your Sword, which features LCD Soundsystem’s (!) Philip Mossman, and the instrumental theme song, “The First Time I Saw Jupiter,” gets an original video that’s unsettled by some cool, twitchy videography.

You can read Phil Bacharach’s review of “Another Earth” here, but first watch a bunch of stuff floating in a classroom:

by Matt Carney 12.07.2011 2 years ago
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