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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 5.25.12



Welcome to The OXD Mirror, a new weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based movement created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães who want to share their love for disco and house music with the world.  

OXD curates and recommends music events to the gay community—in an effort to move the focus of the nightlife scene beyond the promoter and venue and to the music itself. We aim to educate, entertain, engage and empower the gay audience to reclaim their ability to question and experience the unknown. Our Towleroad column will serve to showcase tunes that are definitely off-the-beaten-path but rightfully deserve the attention of the gay ear. It's music that will make you dance, dream, and most importantly, love.

Lemonade - 'Ice Water' 

The Brooklyn-based/San Francisco-formed synth pop group known as Lemonade, first caught our ears in 2010 with their catchy summer anthem, 'Lifted,' but have left us parched for more until now. With their appropriately titled album track, 'Ice Water,' the band quenches our thirst for a poolside sunshine-filled pop tune with a song that is practically drenched in summer. The lead singer, Callan Clendenin, yearns for his lover's cool hands to calm him as they glide along airy synths and punctuated rhythms. Upon listening we're immediately assaulted with images of speedo-clad tomfoolery with our friends among the beaches and dunes of Fire Island. Stream the whole album, Diver, above.


Ladyhawke - 'Sunday Drive (Scissor Sisters Remix)'

‘Sunday Drive’ is the second single off of Ladyhawke's new album, Anxiety, and has been given a trippy rework by the beloved Babydaddy of the Scissor Sisters. The remix echoes synths and piano arrangements from 'Invisible Light,' a combination that will surely get you in the mood to dance.


Sam Sparro - 'Happiness (The Magician Remix)'

After a four year wait since his self-titled debut, Sam Sparro is back and releasing his latest effort to legions of eager fans. The 'Black and Gold' singer's lead track, 'Happiness' is an anthem in its own right, with lyrics that are expectedly optimistic and utterly empowering. The chorus achieves epic proportions when the remix production is handed over to the ever popular master producer Magician, thereby bringing the track to a whole new, feel-good, level.


Perseus - 'Love in Zanzibar'

Perseus manages to adhere to his very particular tropical-flavored house music style that blends steel drums melodies, and lazy beats with sample vocals by well known R&B artists like Mary J. Blige who is featured on ‘Love in Zanzibar.’ Perseus perfectly blends all these elements to create a languid, lounge-like, tropical disco vibe as Blige's soulful vocals beg: "who can love you better?"


Niki & The Dove - 'Mother Protect (Goldroom Remix)'

The Swedish electropop duo known as Niki & The Dove are ready to make a big impact this year with their debut album, Instinct. The lead single, 'Mother Protect,' has been given the Goldroom treatment which results in turning the originally dark song into a veritable disco house anthem which appropiately complements the already haunting chorus.


Little Boots - 'Every Night I Say A Prayer (Tensnake Remix)'

When Little Boots announced she was going team up with producer Andy Butler (from NY nu-house act Hercules And Love Affair) on her latest track, ‘Every Night I Say a Prayer,' we knew it was a collaboration that should not be missed. As if that wasn't enough,  Tensnake added another layer with his remix which brings the house entrenched original track to more of a dance oriented vibe reminiscent of the 80s.

This week's post was written and curated by Ru Bhatt.

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  1. "Upon listening we're immediately assaulted with images of speedo-clad tomfoolery with our friends among the beaches and dunes of Fire Island." Um, no thanks.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | May 25, 2012 12:13:51 PM

  2. Disco and house? LOL

    Good luck with your column.

    Posted by: endo | May 25, 2012 12:15:43 PM

  3. Love your picks. The Little Boots track is amazing as is the Ladyhawke. Welcome guys!

    Posted by: Jason R | May 25, 2012 12:22:07 PM

  4. "The band quenches our thirst for a poolside sunshine-filled pop tune with a song that that is practically drenched in summer." Was this written by a 10-year-old girl taking her first
    creative writing class?

    Posted by: Gonzalo | May 25, 2012 12:51:18 PM

  5. Love the Sam Sparro song. I'm counting the days to his new album.

    Posted by: Mike M. | May 25, 2012 1:07:09 PM

  6. Hey guys, thanks for putting all the time and effort into this - some great tracks I had never heard before. Have a kick-ass Memorial Day Weekend!

    Posted by: Mike Kitson | May 25, 2012 1:10:31 PM

  7. YAY!!! The return of weekly Music columns on Towleroad!!! The Music columns, while varied, have always been a highlight of my weekly reading on Towleroad. This one looks quite promising - please, please keep it around for a long while! The Music columns have been sorely missed! Yay!

    Posted by: t.todd | May 25, 2012 1:37:39 PM

  8. T.Todd: We're hopefully here to stay for a long time :-)

    Posted by: OXD_Josh | May 25, 2012 1:47:28 PM

  9. these are great tracks!! and perfect timing for the weekend! ignore the obnoxious haters - they don't smile, dance, or live happy lives.

    Posted by: Dave | May 25, 2012 1:51:30 PM

  10. I like this addition. I'm familiar with RU Bhatt and his mixologies are quite awesome! I hope this continues!

    Posted by: jakeinlove | May 25, 2012 2:18:19 PM

  11. Thank goodness you brought back the music column. The Tensnake remix of the Little Boots song is a favorite of mine. But then, Tensnake rarely disappoints.

    Posted by: MrPinky | May 25, 2012 2:24:41 PM

  12. "a song that that is practically drenched in summer"

    Um. OK. I guess if you spend summer living in a sewer or other large, cavernous echo chamber with someone bleating vaguely whiney but mostly unintelligible lyrics about 30 feet away while someone plays with their casio keyboard they bought at Walmart.

    And the rest of the tracks you chose all sound like cheesy B-sides from the delete bin in 1990. Can we get people who don't have horrendous taste in music to write these? Wow... stank bomb.

    Posted by: Jasun | May 25, 2012 3:20:05 PM

  13. Jesus Christ. Bring back Norman, who had a much wider breadth of knowledge, and coverage of music.

    Posted by: Adam | May 25, 2012 3:23:44 PM

  14. This is not house music nor disco -- its very electro -- which is also great, but the description of "house and disco" is not accurate at all....

    Posted by: IES | May 25, 2012 3:26:08 PM

  15. these are not my thing

    Posted by: Marky | May 25, 2012 7:15:29 PM

  16. Want eclectic music? Check my blog's 'music' tags.

    Posted by: AB | May 25, 2012 8:26:47 PM

  17. Ignore the haters... keep bringing the love... great picks!

    Posted by: Trent | May 25, 2012 9:33:57 PM

  18. Seriously, I'll echo ignoring the haters, this is some good stuff. I for one have been craving a music column on here for quite some time. I'm glad you're here and I hope you stick around.

    Posted by: Diogenes | May 25, 2012 10:35:44 PM

  19. Also, loving Lemonade a bunch. Thanks for introducing us! :)

    Posted by: Diogenes | May 25, 2012 10:46:58 PM

  20. I'm also happy to see this column on Towleroad. There's so much music out there, I appreciate anything that will expose me to new artists. Your first column gets off to a really good start. I appreciate all the sampling. Looking forward to your next column. And I like the writing!

    Posted by: BrianM | May 26, 2012 2:05:40 AM

  21. Really loved the Ladyhawke n Kiki n Dove songs. The lil boots was good listening too. Didn't care for the other tracks but glad to hear some new stuff.

    Weird player on the first track btw; didn't even notice it as first.

    Posted by: kiki | May 26, 2012 2:12:59 AM

  22. Great tracks. Too bad some of them aren't available on the US iTunes Store yet. A note to that effect might be nice.

    Posted by: Christopher Koehler | May 26, 2012 12:11:50 PM

  23. Thanks Christopher, we'll keep that in mind.

    Posted by: OXD_Ru | May 26, 2012 7:17:00 PM

  24. Thanks for the great music column. Always find something that clicks. Perseus does it this time. Look forward to next installment. The trolls hate everything. Ignore them, the rest of us do.

    Posted by: dixichuk | May 28, 2012 11:43:30 PM

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