The OXD Mirror: New Music for 6.08.12


Florence and the Machine – "Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix)"

Though this song isn't technically under the wheelhouse of what OXD would normally cover, it is so strong that I felt remiss NOT covering it. Florence Welch has won the hearts of many with her chilling-yet-uplifting vocals, and 'Spectrum' is a true embodiment of the group's very positive lyrical outlook on life. The song is about letting the light of love into your life, which bodes well for the dance floor. Star producer Calvin Harris has given the song his golden touch and added in classic house pianos and a simmering intense beat. The powerful, spine-chilling chorus blends well with Harris' production to create a dance floor-filling anthem.


Shook – "Love For You"

Remixing popular tracks from M.I.A., Phoenix, and Ellie Goulding has been the cornerstone of Shook's career over the past few years. With a sound very similar to that of Daft Punk's 'There's Something About Us', the Norwegian artist has delivered a new single of his own entitled 'Love For You'. It's hard not to enjoy the chic early 80's funk backing that permeates the song.  


Kris Menace & The Kiki Twins – "We Are (ELIOT 'Jack' Mix)"

Accomplished producer Kris Menace, who has remixed everyone from Lana del Rey to Moby, teamed up with New York's The Kiki Twins for a 70's club-inspired track.  Though you may recognize Kiki Twin LT from Bravo's Pregnant in Heels, he and bandmate AC are regulars in the New York gay nightlife scene and have been performing at various venues and clubs since 2007.  Eliot, the newest member of OXD favorite Jessica 6, reimagined this track as serious house anthem.  This edit, paired with LT's vocals, sounds like it was plucked straight from an episode of Club MTV – which we definitely regard as good thing. 


In additon to the tracks above we've also included a downloadable mixtape that we're digging:

Chris Jylkke – Summervibe Disco Volume 1

Creating the perfect summer playlist is an art form in itself. Whether for an evening under the sun, a hot day at the beach or a picnic in the park, much goes into curating, selecting and arranging the perfect tunes for warm weather activity. Chris Jylkke has gifted us with a mix versatile enough for whatever situation may arise. The Swedish DJ proclaims his sounds are influenced by warmer climates and melodic hymns. The net of this is a soulful set spanning across many genres and eras of music, with a distinct and pleasurable vibe that is uniquely his own.

OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD) curates and recommends music events to the gay community in NYC—in an effort to move the focus of the nightlife scene beyond the promoter and venue and to the music itself. OXD's goal is to educate, entertain, engage and empower the gay audience to reclaim their ability to question and experience the unknown. The OXD Mirror 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.

This week's post was written and curated by Josh Appelbaum.

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  1. Gary A says

    Love, love, love Roisin Murphy and this collaboration with David Morales is really hot! Especially love the Chocolate Puma remix of it. Seek it out if you can find it!

  2. Gary A says

    Actually, that’s the one I’m talking about (on my gym playlist too!). Totally mixing up Chocolate Puma because of a couple other tracks they are on now that’s also on my gym playlist (Destiny, and their mix of Alison Limerick’s new one In The Blood), because of their past association with Roisin Murphy (Never Enough).

  3. Ugh says

    Josh Applebaum is a completely unpleasant person. I don’t know why he’s now featured on the blog I’ve come to love. All we’ve done is reward his holier-than-thou attitude. If you want people to listen to your opinions, you gotta be likable, which Josh is not. Take a page out of Andy’s book on how to be likable. I just cringe when I see these updates. Andy, I don’t think he was a great choice for this blog; a blog that espouses inclusion. Something Josh, with his “I’m better than you” attitude, has worked against.

  4. Diogenes says

    Wah wah wah. Whine whine whine. If you don’t like it go off and find another blog you can pretend is your entire life. This is a music column on a gay blog. I don’t understand how you can pretend to know Josh just by reading some rather neutrally toned facts on a handful dance songs. Grow up and deal with it.

  5. HERMES says

    What I see is you claiming Josh is a completely unpleasant person, and Josh demonstrating that the opposite is the case—at the same time you were typing your rather unpleasant comment, and proving you wrong 3 minutes before you could even press ‘post’.

    Instant karma, baby!

  6. Joe De Hoyos says

    I find nothing inspiring about any of these recommended tracks. Why do these guys have column space on this site? Banal.

  7. Jason says

    Love this. Morales’ track is nostalgic and Harris really does justice to Florence.