James Murphy to open New York wine bar

The former LCD Soundsystem man is promising radical wines and food at the new Williamsburg venue

James Murphy has swapped his beats for Bordeaux. The former LCD Soundsystem man will be opening a wine bar this summer in the hipster mecca of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Called the Four Horsemen, the bar will open in June 2015, and promises to mix radical tastings with more traditional wines. It will also serve food.

“There’s kind of a limitless amount of things I want to do, and when the path seems to open, that’s when I try to do a thing,” Murphy told the New York Times.

Opening a wine bar may seem an unusual step for a DJ and musician, but it is actually the culmination of several years Murphy has spent immersing himself on New York’s food and drink scene following the termination of LCD Soundsystem.

During this time, Murphy has befriended chefs such as David Chang and René Redzepi, as well as toured foodie hotspots from Paris to Copenhagen. Murphy told the New York Times that such food-based indulgence had left him suffering from gout: “Far and away the most painful thing I’ve ever had” is how he describes it.

Murphy’s Danish-born wife, Christina Topsoe, is also involved in the project, which is set to focus on “natural wines” – wines that ferment without the need for much human intervention.

The project is not Murphy’s first foray into the world of food and drink. Last year he collaborated with coffee company Blue Bottle on his own blend, House of Good.

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