Juan Maclean, frontman to his contemporary self titled project was initially part of the dance-punk group Six Finger Satellite that emerged in 1990. The Providence, Rhode Island band captured a significant following and are still recognized today for their prophetic fusion of electronic and post-punk music. It disbanded in 2001 after lasting 11 years. During their run, James Murphy, an impressive and established sound engineer signed onto the project to assist SFS in sound management while on tour. This was the beginning of an epic relationship.
When the project broke up, MacLean focused on a degree at Providence College, and Murphy moved to NY in an attempt to further himself in the music industry. It wasn’t long before Murphy realized his calling card creating DFA Records with co-founder Tim Goldsworthy in early 2001 (Originally, the record label was Death From Above Records but was altered in the wake of Sept 11). In 2002, Murphy became known for his most successful musical endeavour by providing the vocals for his new project LCD Soundsystem. After some time Juan MacLean was urged back into the business by James Murphy. MacLean started experimenting with modern electronic mixing equipment and within four years released his debut album, Less Than Human. It is a fantastic first album. The track Give Me Every Little Thing can still be found echoing in my speakers.
In MacLean’s resurgence he became associated with much of the crowd Murphy was hanging around. Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem and Juan MacLean still occasionally produce music today. The track Dance With Me is one of their signature tracks together. I don’t have an electronic copy to share but if you have the ability find it, its worth the hunt. It’s interesting how a family of friends reunited to establish a small music empire. Sometimes things just work out and when tracks like this emerge everyone benefits.