When the Rapture's House Of Jealous Lovers introduced the world of indie rock to dance music, decades of anti-disco prejudice was suddenly turned on its head. At first the hipsters were only interested in the punk-funk no-wave take on the four-on-the-floor thump, but many have discovered the vast backlog of weird, obscure NYC club music the rock world dismissed and ignored over the past few decades.
James Murphy has been at the centre of this shift, running the DFA label that unleashed the Rapture on the world and creating his own punk-funk jams as LCD Soundsystem. So it's fitting that he and studio partner Pat Mahoney have put together a mix disc that pretty much ignores the punk in favour of the funk.
Their selection of mostly pre-90s tracks wisely avoids disco's embarrassing pop crossover attempts in favour of the kind of cosmic funk that ruled underground dance clubs before house.
It's unlikely that either of these guys actually went to the Paradise Garage to hear Larry Levan play this kind of music, but their outsiders' perspective brings something new to the table missed in similar mixes by house DJs.
James Murphy plays B-live at the Toronto School of Circus Arts Saturday (November 3).