James Murphy and Soulwax announce Despacio London shows

Murphy is to bring Despacio soundsystem to Ballroom of Hammersmith Town Hall next month

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Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy is to bring Despacio soundsystem to London in December.


Murphy put together the huge new rig with John Klett, a veteran New York sound guru who helped build his former DFA studio. It made its debut at the Manchester International Festival earlier this and Murphy will bring it to London for two gigs in December alongside Soulwax.

Murphy and Soulwax will host a two night club experience at the Ballroom of Hammersmith Town Hall on December 19/20. Drinks will be supplied by the award-winning cocktail bar and restaurant The Clove Club.

The Manchester International Festival show saw Murphy team up with 2ManyDJs and Soulwax brothers David and Stephen Dewaele for a vinyl-only set. Speaking about the soundsystem at the time, Murphy said: "It's a simple, floor-standing series of giant stacks, comfortably doing full, smooth sound. It's pretty wide-open, pretty raw. The stacks will be arranged in a circle that people can wander in and out of, literally immersing themselves in sound."

Meanwhile, continuing his life after LCD Soundsystem, which has seen him producing for Arcade Fire and Pulp as well as remixing David Bowie's 'Love Is Lost', James Murphy has debuted a short film titled Little Duck. Scroll down to watch it now.

Murphy directed the film for Canon Project Imaginat10n with Ron Howard advising him on his directorial debut. Filmed in the Japanese countryside, Little Duck tells the story of a man "pulled from his life in Manhattan back to his home in rural Japan when his estranged brother runs into trouble."

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