James Murphy to Unveil Custom Soundsystem

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James Murphy, known as the founder of the once indie-dance powerhouse LCD Soundsystem, has kept busy since the group disbanded in 2011. Besides producing records with Arcade Fire and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, he has been focusing on an even larger project. Murphy has designed a soundsystem intended for a three-night run as part of the Manchester International Festival. Named Despacio, the system was crafted with John Klett, a sound engineer who assisted in building Murphy's DFA Studio. Murphy described the unit as " a simple, floor-standing series of giant stacks, comfortably doing full, smooth sound. It's pretty wide-open, pretty raw." The stacks are said to be arranged in a circle around the dancefloor. Premiering July 18th-20th, the nights will see James along with David and Stephen Dewaele of Soulwax/2ManyDJs spinning vinyl-only DJ sets. Let's hope that the success of these shows allow James Murphy's soundsystem to make it's way to the U.S.

Spotted at BB