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LCD Soundsystem - Bye Bye Bayou

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Like a strong, expertly crafted cocktail downed right before what is sure to be one hell of a dinner (new album, hint hint!), LCD Soundsystem's single "Bye Bye Bayou" (an Alan Vega cover recorded for November's Record Store Day spinoff Vinyl Saturday) is a slippery buzz-opener that sneaks up on you in the weirdest of ways. While LCD would seem to be unconcerned with racking up any more cool-kid tokens (they have enough by now to cash in for a lifetime supply of plastic spider rings and vampire teeth), "Bayou" simply lifts Vega's already very cool original out of the swamps, swapping the Cajun paranoia for dead-eyed heavy funk. The result is as quintessentially Murphian as anything we've heard this side of "Yeah". Grabbing hold of a strut-coaxing bass lurch and riding it to the very end, "Bayou" might feel a little routine on it's face, straying only from that chic transparence to jab little idiosyncrasies into the mix (synth-doctored helicopter noises and rattly bursts of percussion chief among them). But it's a nifty trick the way this deadpanned disco can twist you into submission, its hypnotic rotations edging you ever closer to dumbed-out bliss with each cycle. Only pulling out of his Quaalude-induced delivery to repeatedly hiss the word "rattlesnake" towards the end, Murphy's quick to remind that there's real venom behind all this shimmy.

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