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A Decade at DFA: 10 Years in the Life of New York's Coolest Record Label

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DFA Records introduced the electro-rock sound that dominated the city in the past decade. To celebrate their label's 10th anniversary, honchos James Murphy, Jonathan Galkin, and Justin Miller chose a favorite album for each year of its existence.

2002: Black Dice, Beaches & Canyons
The experimental noise band's debut full-length whipped sedate music nerds into violent frenzies.

2003: DFA Compilation #1
Contained the Rapture's "House of Jealous Lovers" and LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge."2004: DFA Compilation #2 The three-hour, three-disc, remix-heavy collection captured the sound of Williamsburg in mid-decade.

2005: The Juan MacLean, Less Than Human
A house album for a new generation that proved that funk could be made to sound sad.

2006: LCD Soundsystem, 45:33
The 45-minute-long title track, commissioned by Nike for joggers, might be the best workout mix ever.

2007: Prinzhorn Dance School
This almost comically minimalist pop recording attracted a transatlantic cult following.

2008: Hercules and Love Affair
A stunning mixture of disco, house, and synth pop featuring Antony Hegarty's otherworldly vocals.

2009: YACHT, See Mystery Lights
This rhythmic pop paean to poolside summers is possibly the sunniest album in the DFA oeuvre.

2010: LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
The band's final album featured a seventies art-rock influence and brutally honest lyrics.

2011: Planningtorock, W
From Britain by way of Berlin, an edgier version of Lady Gaga—which is saying something.

By Chris Ross

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