This edition of the Bluffer's Guide is inspired by the seminal compilation on Strut Recordings that drew my attention to a leftfield idea - that every lead singer of a rock band secretly likes the idea of being a DJ, every DJ a photographer, photographer a skateboarder, skateboarder a lead singer... and back to DJ.

Maybe all of the above are collectors, hoarders, keepers of ideas, out on the fringes.

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem

Somewhere along the way, music changed from extended guitar solos at the bridge, drifting towards a 4/4 rhythm that mimicked disco, a more dancefloor-friendly sound.

Early guitar and bass-heavy practitioners in my mind are ESG, an energetic four-piece girl band out of New York, Talking Heads and NEU! All experimental in their own unique ways.

Here, then, are a few of my favourites...

NEU! - Danzing

As early as 1970, a movement dubbed Krautrock came from two ex-members of Kraftwerk, Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother. They pioneered a sound that influenced various musicians, from Stereolab and Sonic Youth to Bowie.

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A Certain Ratio - Below The Canal

From Factory Records out of Tony Wilson's Madchester, with funk and Latin influences, comes Peter Terrell, Simon Topping, Jez Ker, Martin Moscrop, Martha Tilson and Donald Johnson - A Certain Ratio. They fused post-punk and dancefloor-funk with ease.

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ESG - My Love for You

Emerald, Sapphire and Gold are raucous dance-punks from the '80s and as an all-female outfit, they stood out colourfully with their simple drums and bassline-driven numbers. Straddling different genres yet very New York, they were a significant influence on the likes of LCD Soundsystem...

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Talking Heads - Born Under Punches

With noticeable influences from Fela Kuti and punk, the Heads, also known as Shrunken Heads, had a New York energy unto themselves. Without Talking Heads and David Byrne's look and attitude to everything reasonable, how dull the world would be...

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Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence

I would play this anthem at Strictly Handbag on Mondays in Ri Ra, and depending on my timing, it would bring everything next level with a dark injection of new wave and rock royalty. Depeche Mode was well aware of the underground scenes from New York and London's acid house culture; released in 1989, all the influences are evident here.

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Joy Division - She's Lost Control

In 1976, originally known as Warsaw and charged up by punk, the band evolved as Ian Curtis's rage became increasingly minimal, creepy and sparse. His vocals invade the space, accompanied by guitars by Hook and Sumner. It's rock noise, but splendidly arranged to be futuristic; Joy Division and the New Order re-invented the mix.

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Gang of Four - Outside the Trains Don't Run on Time

Leaders of the early 80's post-punk movement, Leeds' Gang of Four had their very own distinctive take on a sound that became charged with ideas politically, even jarring. Without them, bands like Bloc Party and R.E.M. wouldn't be the same, or as brave.

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The Rapture - Get Myself Into It

Around the time of the release of House of Jealous Lovers, they opened for the Sex Pistols and toured with Franz Ferdinand. Signed to the illustrious DFA (see below) The harmonized vocals of Jenner and Safer made them stand out from a slew of new-wave post-punk outfits.

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!!! (CHK CHK CHK) - Fast Car

Looking backwards isn't the problem. It's making good use of the past, so that the days ahead are more leisurely - we know how the world is falling asunder, so CHK CHK CHK make tunes, funky punky ones.

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LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House

New York woke up one morning in 2002, with everyone whispering the name LCD. From early tracks like Losing My Edge and Daft Punk Is Playing At My House on their DFA Records label (also home to The Juan Maclean) to a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Record, that disco ball at Electric Picnic was an epic calling card.

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Bloc Party - Banquet

I heard their appearance in Whelan's alongside Arctic Monkeys in 2005 was a sell-out at 450 people. Something akin to the Doors at the Whiskey A Go-Go. They went on to become world-renowned for their up-tempo hybrid sound that was punky and yet full of energy and dance-ability (if that's a word).

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Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Soulwax Remix)

Another great combination of styles that blend live band ideas with a more sequenced electronic aesthetic. Soulwax, well known for their floor-filling remixes, and Arcade Fire's collaborative spirit were ideal for this pairing, with a classic remix that can be dropped anywhere, anytime.

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