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Listen to LCD Soundsystem’s first song in five years, ‘New Body Rhumba’

The New York group's latest album, ‘American Dream’, arrived in 2017

By Tom Skinner

LCD Soundsystem press shot, 2017
LCD Soundsystem reunited in 2017 for 'American Dream'. (Photo: Press)

LCD Soundsystem have shared their first new song in five years, ‘New Body Rhumba’.

Announced last month, the track will feature in Noah Baumbach’s forthcoming film adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel White Noise (1985). The movie is set to arrive on Netflix on December 30 following a limited cinema release.

‘New Body Rhumba’ is the first music from LCD Soundsystem since their fourth studio album, American Dream, which came out back in 2017. That record followed 2010’s This Is Happening, and a lengthy hiatus for the New York outfit.

James Murphy and co’s long-awaited new offering – a typically-groovy, seven-and-a-half-minute number – hears the frontman sing: “Yeah I need a new body/ I need a new body/ I need a bit of shape and a tone.

Yeah I need a new body/ I need a nobody/ I can’t shake sleeping alone.” Elsewhere, a group of backing singers deliver a series of playful, childlike chants. ‘New Body Rhumba’ breaks down at its midway point, later building to a stratospheric finale. “Go into the light,” Murphy instructs in the closing moments.

White Noise, which stars Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, will also include music composed by Danny Elfman.

Earlier this year, James Murphy explained that LCD Soundsystem would “maybe just [be releasing] singles for a while, so there isn’t some ‘album panic’ etc” in a lengthy update he posted on social media.

The group played a run of 20th anniversary concerts at the O2 Academy Brixton in London over the summer, marking their first UK gigs in more than four years. Those dates followed a series of shows in the US.

In February, LCD Soundsystem appeared as the musical guests on Saturday Night Live, where they performed ‘Thrills’ and ‘Yr City’s a Sucker’ from their 2005 self-titled debut album.