James Murphy has a new sound system, literally

LCD Soundsystem and DFA guy has been building a custom rig he'll debut in Manchester.


Words by: Anthony Walker

James Murphy, the leader of the noughties-defining dance group LCD Soundsystem and co-creator of DFA Records, has spent most of his time in the background since his group’s farewell gig in 2011: DJing, producing Arcade Fire and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and, it turns out, building a new soundsystem. Murphy has been designing a bespoke sound rig with John Klett, the legendary sound guy who helped him built the original DFA studio, and plans to debut it at a special three-night long “alternative Ibiza party” at the Manchester International Festival with David and Stephen Dewaele of 2ManyDJs/Soulwax.

Fed up by the dumb brawn of the sound set-ups he’s had to deal with DJing at Ibiza’s mega clubs, Murphy has spent the past few years formulating Despacio (“gradually” in Spanish) – a special vinyl only event with the new floor-standing, uncompressed, circular sound system at it’s heart that, as of yet, has only been confirmed for the three Manchester dates. Despaciao will run on the 18th, 19th and 20th of July at the New Century Hall and tickets start at £12, full details here.