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LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy discusses the overwhelming feeling of working with David Bowie


James Murphy, the frontman of the much-loved LCD Soundsytem, has explained his role in the recording of David Bowie’s final album Blackstar. 

Murphy, joining Annie Mac on her BBC Radio 1 show for a piece in which he picks out tracks, the 47-year-old opted to play David Bowie’s ‘Without You’ from the 1983 record Let’s Dance. 

Before doing so, Murphy recalled the time he collaborated with the late Bowie on Blackstar, performing percussion on two tracks before the gravity of the situation played heavily on his confidence: “I played a little percussion. I was supposed to do a lot more but I got overwhelmed,” he said.

“It takes a different kind of person than me to walk into that room and be like, I know exactly… I belong here, I should definitely insert myself in this relationship because they just can’t manage to make a record without me,” he added.

Murphy also went on to describe how he reached out to Bowie in order to work on a new project, it was at that moment the Englishman invited the LCD Soundsystem man to record some demos on a jazz band in New York. You can listen to the full interview, here.