Us v Them: James Murphy Sues DFA Cofounder Tim Goldsworthy

Ex-LCD Soundsystem frontman wants almost $100,000

James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem
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Where are James Murphy's friends tonight? Because there's one of them who might need to get served with legal papers.

The former LCD Soundsystem frontman has sued his former partner in the influential DFA production duo, Tim Goldsworthy, as DNAinfo.com reports (via Pitchfork). In a complaint filed in a New York City civil court on Friday, Murphy demands $93,899 on claims that Goldsworthy broke his contract and took money for services he failed to perform. The lawsuit says Goldsworthy rejected settlement offers.

Murphy and Goldsworthy launched DFA Records with Jonathan Galkin in 2001, and the label is also suing Goldsworthy for lawyers' fees and damages. As a production duo, Murphy and Goldsworthy helped shape the dance-punk sound of the latter '00s, producing landmark albums for the Rapture and Juan Maclean while contributing memorable remixes for Nine Inch Nails, Gorillaz, M.I.A., and others. In early 2010, Galkin told Resident Advisor that Goldsworthy had gone back to Britain without notifying his colleagues. Goldsworthy at the time denied having leftt the label.

Goldsworthy previously performed as half of U.K. trip-hop duo UNKLE and co-founded the Mo' Wax label. He has stayed busy with production work, most recently including tracks for U.K. dance-pop singer Little Boots.

Murphy, too, has had plenty to do outside the courtroom. When not headlinining a DFA retrospective show on May 25 in Brooklyn, Murphy produced a disco-scorched Pulp single and has also been in the studio working with Arcade Fire and produced a track on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' April album Mosquito.

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