The 25 DJs That Rule the Earth

From stadium fillers to crossover kings and beat scientists

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James Murphy
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7. James Murphy

Based In: New York
Age: 42

He might have shut down LCD Soundsystem with one of the best parties ever thrown at Madison Square Garden, but James Murphy hasn't left the dance floor behind. His label, DFA, continues to release seriously cool dance music that rock kids can get down to (check new discs from Sinkane and the 2 Bears for proof), and Murphy (often alongside LCD drummer Pat Mahoney) lights up clubs and festivals with a pleasure-principle-driven mix of classic disco jams, groovy krautrock and oddball cuts by everyone from the Steve Miller Band to 10cc. "DJing is really, really pleasant," Murphy says. "It's like having people over and making hors d'oeuvres."

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