Listen: James Murphy’s “not particularly summery” summer playlist
Need something to pull you out of the miserable depths of winter? This should help: DFA head James Murphy has put together a 14-track “not particularly summery summer jam mix tape” for online streaming service Rdio. It might not be particularly dance-y stuff – selections span classic cuts from Fleetwood Mac, Black Flag and Suicide – but it’s still well worth a listen. “It does what it says in the title,” Murphy wrote. “It’s a cassette mix.”
If you’ve been keeping up with Murphy post-LCD Soundsystem, you’ll know the former leading man hasn’t been slacking off. As well as keeping the touring schedule packed – lately he’s got behind the decks at Modular’s FOR Festival, the S.S. Coachella and Chicago’s Wavefront Music Festival – he’s also been composing for Broadway and produced a few of the tracks on Arcade Fire’s forthcoming album (which he’s assured is “really great”). But if it’s more of his own handiwork you’re after, dive into the man’s killer DFA 12th anniversary set (and 75-minute interview) for Red Bull Music Academy last month in New York.
Wrap your ears around the Rdio playlist below – and if you still want more DFA, you could always rewatch the 12 Years of DFA mini documentary from May. Let us assure you, it’s still good.