50 Most Important People in EDM

The movers, shakers and speaker-quakers shaping dance in 2014

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47. James Murphy

In the shadow of EDM's untz-untz domination, former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy still carries the torch for dance-music's disco roots, representing the best of the cerebral, intelligent realm of the genre's styles and production in an era saturated by lowest-common-denominator beats. Murphy, who has consistently spoken out against the commercial side of dance music, is responsible for inspiring a generation of stiff-shouldered indie kids to bust a move, thanks to his rock-inflected beats and droll, incisive songwriting. His work as one half of now-defunct production duo DFA, meanwhile, has produced some of the most distinct yet versatile sounds in the industry. In the wake of LCD and DFA, Murphy remains an influencer behind the scenes, leaving his BPM fingerprints on last year's outputs from Arcade Fire and Yeah Yeah Yeahs and remixing the likes of David Bowie. DFA Records continues to be recognized as a top name in electronic music and dance-punk, helping launch the careers of left-of-the-dial genre heroes like the Rapture and Hot Chip, as well as newcomers like Factory Floor, Sinkane, and Larry Gus.

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