James Murphy pens exercise soundtrack

LCD Soundsystem have been commissioned by sportswear company Nike to compose the perfect workout song.

The track ’45:33’ will be available from iTunes via the Nike + store tomorrow.

“The idea of making a long piece of music built around an arc designed for running appealed to me, because it was so anathematic to what you’re typically asked to do as an artist,” said LCD’s James Murphy.

“When on tour our band LCD tends to do a lot of running – mainly to keep sane and resist the inevitability of turning into a bus-bound potato, filled with all that makes one sick,” he added.

Murphy explained that he got the blueprint for the new track after friends told him his remixes were good for exercising to.

“When I was approached to make this ‘run’, two different members of the band told me that they’d run to two remixes I’d done as DFA– the UNKLE (’In A State’) and Gorillaz (’Dare’) mixes. Both were long, sprawling, organic dance songs that eased from section to section for 10 plus minutes each,” he said, “so the gauntlet had been thrown down to make something longer that was well designed to reward and push at good intervals of a run.”

Murphy, meanwhile, is currently working on the new LCD Soundsystem album, due for release in March 2007.