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Factory Floor, 'Factory Floor'

Factory Floor, 'Factory Floor'
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If James Murphy's major innovation was bringing the burdens of an aging hipster's heart and curator's brain to bear on dance music, his DFA dudes in Factory Floor get over by adding an alluringly icy, metallic sheen to their post-punk influenced grooves. Throughout, Vocoder'd vocals intone gnomic questions ("Did you feel like you were going to/fall on the ground?") while industrial synths and disco drumwork move the music towards the singularity.

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