Review: This self titled debut album from the Factory Floor trio of Nik Void, Gabe Gurnsey and Dominic Butler shows just how far they've come from their early days of scuzzed angst ridden post punk, offering the sort of stripped back manipulation of machinery that makes their live shows so memorable. Ten tracks deep, Factory Floor sees the band turn in eight brand new tracks to complement the two burners previously released on DFA ("Two Different Ways" and "Fall Back") and has them ever more focused on perfecting the hypnotic beat. The opening call to arms "Turn It Up" is the track that makes you realize how appropriate an equation Factory Floor on DFA is and from here Void, Butler and Gurnsey successfully pummel your senses with a succession of burrowing motorik grooves and corrugating synth lines.
Review: Anyone lucky enough to have caught James Murphy and his entourage of highly talented musical friends live will attest that it's here LCD Soundsystem truly excel. And whilst this London Sessions album recorded in the aftermath of such a performance at last year's Glastonbury Festival does not replicate such an elation filled experience, the chance to hear some of the band's best tracks recorded live makes this worth investigating. It's basically a showcase for how tight a group of musicians Gavin Russom, Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang are, most notably on "Get Innocuous" where Russom really goes to town on the synths and "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House" which gets embellished with a liberal dose of tightness, tautness and spikiness. The band has such an all encompassing back catalogue that you could spend all day dissecting which tracks they should have included here, and it's a mark of the aforementioned tightness that even the somewhat risible "Drunk Girls" sounds markedly improved here.