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DFA Records is an independent record label and production team (known as The DFA), launched in September 2001 by Mo' Wax co-founder Tim Goldsworthy, musician James Murphy,[3] and manager Jonathan Galkin.[4]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Death From Above 1.2 Name dispute 1.3 Dispute over finances

2 Sound and influence 3 Artists 4 Discography

4.1 Label

4.1.1 Compilations

4.2 Production

4.2.1 Remixes

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy met while working in New York on the David Holmes album Let's Get Killed.[5] After the recording was completed, Goldsworthy stayed in New York, and the two began to throw parties in the Lower East Side. They wished to start a record label, but it was not until they met Jonathan Galkin, who subsequently quit his event-production job to run the label, that it took off.[4] DFA Records began on a series of 12" single vinyl releases starting with The Rapture's "House of Jealous Lovers" and The Juan Maclean's "By the Time I Get to Venus". "House of Jealous Lovers" went on to sell 7500 copies.[6] Many of the early releases of DFA's catalog were released in Europe
Europe
through Trevor Jackson's Output Recordings. After completing production on The Rapture's debut full-length album Echoes, DFA began to shop around the album. Although The Rapture eventually signed to Universal Music Group, the DFA label secured a deal with EMI for distribution of its acts outside the United States, along with several distributors within the U.S.[7] The label has grown steadily since, producing full-length albums for its ever-growing roster of artists, as well as releasing a selection of singles and compilations on their label. Notable releases include The Rapture's EP "House of Jealous Lovers", the twice- Grammy
Grammy
nominated debut of James Murphy's band LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem
and its follow-ups Sound of Silver and This Is Happening. DFA have also released a number of compilation albums featuring artists such as The Rapture, The Juan Maclean, Black Dice, Shit Robot, Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, J.O.Y., Pixeltan, Black Leotard Front, Hot Chip, and LCD Soundsystem. As a production team, the DFA have produced and remixed artists including Radio 4, Le Tigre, N.E.R.D., Soulwax, Blues Explosion, Nine Inch Nails, Automato, Gorillaz, UNKLE, The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers
and M.I.A.. The DFA remix of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" appeared on A. R. Rahman's Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack. They spent an afternoon writing a song with Britney Spears, and were also approached by Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
to collaborate.[8][9] The production duo effectively came to an end when Tim Goldsworthy left New York and moved back to his native UK.[10] The label is now primarily run by Jonathan Galkin and Kris Petersen.[11] Death From Above[edit] In 2007 DFA Records started an imprint label titled Death From Above. This offshoot is used to release 12" singles by artists not based in North America, such as Mock & Toof and ALTZ.[12] The imprint also released a CD compilation of tracks released on the Berlin
Berlin
based Supersoul Recordings.[13] Name dispute[edit] The label's original name was Death From Above Records, dating from Murphy's nickname for the sound system he had helped build for Six Finger Satellite. This name was deemed inappropriate for a New York City-based label following the September 11, 2001 attacks
September 11, 2001 attacks
and subsequently shortened to its abbreviation DFA. In 2004, DFA Records forced the Canadian duo Death From Above to change their name to Death from Above 1979. Murphy explained his side of the story in a 2005 interview with Pitchfork Media:

We knew about them for a long time, the name thing wasn't a big deal. It wasn't until they signed to a major label, which wouldn't release the record until we signed off on the name. That's how this all came about.... [Parent company of Death From Above 1979's label, Vice] Atlantic's not gonna release a record by a band with the same name as another entity in music.... We spent a lot of money because we didn't just wanna be total fucking assholes and just say no. We were trying to find a way for it to actually work.... I was like, "What the hell's wrong with Death From Above 1979?" But the copyright attorney was like, "No, that's not fine." And I said, "If they become a totally different name, and it delays their record, that's something I'm not comfortable with." So we just tried to make it work as well as possible.[14]

The band would later go on to change their name to Death from Above in 2017 without any legal repercussions.[15] Dispute over finances[edit] In 2013 Murphy filed a lawsuit against Goldsworthy, alleging he owed money and had been making unauthorised withdrawals from bank accounts and using the company credit card improperly.[16] Sound and influence[edit] As well as Murphy's LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem
the label is currently home to the likes of The Juan Maclean, Hot Chip
Hot Chip
(North America only), Shit Robot, Gavin Russom, Prinzhorn Dance School, Shocking Pinks, Holy Ghost!, Still Going, Syclops, Planningtorock and Yacht. They are also jointly releasing music with fellow New York City
New York City
based label Rong Music, by artists such as Free Blood and Woolfy.[17] The label has also reissued the first two albums by Athens, Georgia
Athens, Georgia
based new wave band Pylon, the first time they have been available on CD,[18] as well as a retrospective collection of tracks by Peter Gordon and the Love of Life Orchestra.[19] The influence of musicians and bands like Brian Eno, Talking Heads, Liquid Liquid, ESG, Blondie, Yazoo, New Order, as well as Chicago House, can be heard throughout the DFA catalog.[20][21][22] Rather than retread, however, the DFA have taken the live dance music of the time and infused the techniques and themes with a modern aesthetic—alternately faster, heavier, dubbier, noisier, and generally more intense than their influences. Artists[edit] Artists who have released music on DFA Records include:

Benoit & Sergio Black Dice Black Meteoric Star The Crystal Ark Dan Bodan Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom Factory Floor Free Energy Gavin Russom Guerilla Toss Hercules and Love Affair Holy Ghost! Hot Chip Joe Goddard The Juan Maclean Larry Gus[23] LCD Soundsystem Liquid Liquid Marcus Marr[24] Mock & Toof Panthers Peter Gordon and the Love of Life Orchestra Pixeltan Planningtorock Prinzhorn Dance School Pylon The Rapture Shit Robot Shocking Pinks Sinkane The 2 Bears Yacht Yura Yura Teikoku

Discography[edit] Label[edit] Compilations[edit]

DFA Compilation, Vol. 1
DFA Compilation, Vol. 1
(DFA · 2003) DFA Compilation, Vol. 2
DFA Compilation, Vol. 2
(DFA · 2004) DFA Holiday Mix 2005
DFA Holiday Mix 2005
(DFA · 2005) The DFA Remixes – Chapter One
The DFA Remixes – Chapter One
(DFA · 2006) The DFA Remixes – Chapter Two
The DFA Remixes – Chapter Two
(DFA · 2006) Nobody Knows Anything (Death From Abroad · 2008) Songs to Burn and Sing (DFA · 2012)

Production[edit]

The following outlines production credits to The DFA (Murphy and Goldsworthy), and is not a list of recordings released by DFA Records.

A New Machine for Living by Turing Machine (Jade Tree · 2000) AM Gold by Zero Zero (Jade Tree · 2001) Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks EP by The Rapture (Sub Pop · 2001) Gotham by Radio 4 (City Slang · 2002) Automato by Automato (co-produced by Phil Mossman) (Coup de Grace · 2003) Echoes by The Rapture (DFA · 2003) "El Monte"/"Rise" (single) by Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom
Gavin Russom
(DFA · 2003) "Get Up/Say What" (single) by Pixeltan (DFA · 2004) "Kousho" and "Ibasho" by We Acediasts, on Pre Acediasts EP (Mesh-Key · 2004) "Casual Friday" (single) by Black Leotard Front (DFA · 2005) LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem
by LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem
(DFA · 2005) Less Than Human by The Juan MacLean
The Juan MacLean
(DFA · 2005) The Days of Mars
The Days of Mars
LP by Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom
Gavin Russom
(DFA · 2005) "Wrong Galaxy"/"Triumph" (single) by Shit Robot (DFA · 2006) Sound of Silver
Sound of Silver
by LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem
(DFA · 2007) Prinzhorn Dance School
Prinzhorn Dance School
by Prinzhorn Dance School
Prinzhorn Dance School
(DFA · 2007) "Chasm"/"Lonely Planet" (single) by Shit Robot (DFA · 2007) "Hold On" (single) by Holy Ghost!
Holy Ghost!
(DFA · 2007) "Happy House" (single) by The Juan MacLean
The Juan MacLean
(DFA · 2008) "The Simple Life" (single) by The Juan MacLean
The Juan MacLean
(DFA · 2008) The Future Will Come
The Future Will Come
by The Juan MacLean
The Juan MacLean
(DFA · 2009) "Stuck On Nothing" by Free Energy (DFA · 2009) "Simple Things (Work it out)" by Shit Robot (DFA · 2009) This Is Happening
This Is Happening
by LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem
(DFA · 2010) From the Cradle to the Rave
From the Cradle to the Rave
by Shit Robot (co-produced by Marcus Lambkin) (DFA · 2010)

Remixes[edit]

"Deceptacon" (DFA remix) for Le Tigre, on Remix (Mr. Lady · 2001) "Orange Alert" (DFA remix) for Metro Area, on "Dance Reaction" (Source · 2002) "Dance to the Underground" (The DFA version) for Radio 4, on "Dance to the Underground" (City Slang · 2002) "Emerge" (DFA version) for Fischerspooner, on "Emerge" (Capitol · 2002) "Destination: Overdrive" (DFA remix) for Chromeo, on "Destination: Overdrive" (Turbo · 2003) "Rise" (DFA remix) for Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, on "El Monte"/"Rise" (DFA · 2003) "In a State" (DFA remix) for UNKLE, on "In a State" ( Mo' Wax · 2003) "Shake Your Coconuts" (DFA mix) and (DFA Instrumental mix) for Junior Senior, on "Shake Your Coconuts" (Atlantic · 2003) "Sister Saviour" (DFA remix) and (DFA remix instrumental), and "Echoes" (DFA remix) for The Rapture, on "Sister Saviour" (Output · 2003) "Sunplus" (DFA remix) for J.O.Y., on DFA Compilation #2 (DFA · 2004) "Get Up/Say What" (DFA remix) for Pixeltan, on "Get Up/Say What" (single) (DFA · 2004) "She Wants to Move" (DFA remix) for N.E.R.D., on "She Wants to Move" (Virgin · 2004) "Mars, Arizona" (DFA remix) for Blues Explosion, on "Crunchy" EP (Mute · 2005) "Dare" (DFA remix) for Gorillaz, on "Dare" (Parlophone · 2005) "Another Excuse" (DFA remix) for Soulwax, on "NY Excuse" (PIAS · 2005) "The Hand That Feeds" (DFA remix) for Nine Inch Nails, on "The Hand That Feeds" (DFA remixes) and "Only" (Interscope · 2005) "Just Like We (Breakdown)" (DFA remix) for Hot Chip, on "Over & Over"/"Just Like We (Breakdown)" (Astralwerks · 2005) "Smiling Off" (DFA remix) for Black Dice, on "Smiling Off" (DFA · 2005) "The Boxer" (DFA Version) for The Chemical Brothers, on "The Boxer" (Virgin · 2005) "(Far From) Home" (DFA remix) for Tiga, on "(Far From) Home" (PIAS · 2006) "Colours" (DFA remix) for Hot Chip, on "Colours" ( EMI
EMI
· 2006) "Slide In" (DFA remix) for Goldfrapp, on "Fly Me Away" (Mute · 2006) "Relevee" (DFA remix) for Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, on "Revelee" (DFA · 2006) "Springfield" (DFA Remix) for Arthur Russell, on "Springfield" (Audika · 2006) "My Love" (DFA Remix) for Justin Timberlake, on "My Love" (Zomba · 2006) "Frontline" (DFA Remix) for Captain, on "Frontline" ( EMI
EMI
· 2006) "Paper Planes" (DFA Remix) for M.I.A. on Paper Planes
Paper Planes
(Homeland Security Remixes) - EP ( XL Records
XL Records
- 2008) "Tomorrow" (DFA Remix) for Clinic on "Tomorrow" ( Domino Records
Domino Records
- 2008) "Love Is Lost" (Hello Steve Reich Mix By James Murphy For The DFA) for David Bowie
David Bowie
on The Next Day
The Next Day
Extra ( Columbia Records
Columbia Records
- 2013)

See also[edit]

List of record labels List of electronic music record labels

References[edit]

^ "Free Energy – Stuck on Nothing". Billboard. January 9, 2010.  ^ Joffe, Justin (March 30, 2016). " LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem
Rises From the Dead to Lead Us Back to the Promised Land". New York Observer. Retrieved April 23, 2016.  ^ "DFA Records: An Interview With James Murphy". Free Williamsburg. 2002-10-01. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  ^ a b "DFA: Sweet Connection". ModularPeople. 2004. Archived from the original on May 26, 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-02.  ^ "Label Profile: DFA Records". Junkmedia. 2004-06-09. Archived from the original on 2007-10-06. Retrieved 2008-07-02.  ^ Romano, Tricia (2002-09-03). "Prophecy Fulfilled". Village Voice. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  ^ Paoletta, Michael (2004-11-13). "DFA Inches Toward Mainstream". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  ^ Reynolds, Simon (2004-10-26). "House of Zealous Rockers". Village Voice. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  ^ "LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Snubs Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
- News - exclaim.ca". Exclaim.ca. 05-10-10. Retrieved 2010-08-11.  Check date values in: date= (help) ^ " Tim Goldsworthy Parts With DFA?". Resident Advisor. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2011-12-03.  ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (2011-09-21). "Behind the scenes at DFA: Jonathan Galkin". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2011-12-03.  ^ Bruno, David (2007-08-02). "the week in Dance w/ David Bruno (08/02/07)". Brooklyn Vegan.  ^ "DFA teams up with Supersoul". Fact Magazine. 2008-05-02. Archived from the original on 2008-05-03.  ^ Sylvester, Nick (2005-05-09). "Jukebox: James Murphy". Pitchfork.  ^ "Death From Above 1979 Are Just "Death From Above" Now Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07.  ^ "James Murphy files lawsuit against record label co-founder". 3 News NZ. March 6, 2013.  ^ "Free Blood D.F.A. Records/Rong Music". Anthem Magazine. 2008-06-23. Archived from the original on 2008-10-10.  ^ "PYLON - DFA reissues & some shows (like at Merc)". Brooklyn Vegan. 2007-10-07.  ^ Dale, Jon (2011-01-14). "Peter Gordon - Love of Life Orchestra". Dusted Magazine.  ^ Keefe, Michael (2007-03-20). "Sound of Silver". PopMatters. Retrieved 2009-07-16.  ^ Sisson, Patrick (2003-09-11). "Echoes". PopMatters. Retrieved 2009-07-16.  ^ Theakston, Rob (2003-09-11). "The Warning". AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-07-16.  ^ https://www.facebook.com/pg/larrygus/about/?ref=page_internal ^ https://www.facebook.com/Marcus-Marr-109914285713122/info/?tab=page_info

External links[edit]

Official site for DFA Official Death From Abroad website DFA Records at Discogs.com The DFA at Discogs.com DFA on New York Noise on YouTube

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