The OXD Mirror is a 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, house and dance music with the world.
Thieves Like Us - 'Stay Blue'
Based in Paris and Berlin, the five-piece band known as Thieves Like Us released their third studio album, Bleed Bleed Bleed earlier this year. They have been delighting listeners with a mix of sweet electro-pop tunes, and with 'Stay Blue' they venture in a dreamy disco trip that is just too good to miss.
Panama - 'Magic (Midnight Magic Remix)'
Panama (lead by Jarrah McCleary) is off to a great start by joining many nu-disco and house acts on Australian record label Future Classic. Their first single, 'Magic,' has been remixed by Brooklyn disco act Midnight Magic, who is mostly known for their 2010 hit 'Beam Me Up.' Their rework for Panama's song is the exact kind of track needed for a summer afternoon: smooth, happy and beautiful.
Breakbot - 'One Out of Two (Oliver Remix)'
Breakbot is another exponent of the new French electronica wave that brought us big names like Daft Punk, Cassius, Fred Falke and Alan Braxe. The producer established his career through several acclaimed remixes and his first solo production, the 2011 disco hit 'Baby I'm Yours.' His debut album is due in September and the first track, 'One Out of Two,' has a delicious remix by LA duo Oliver. The producers add in their signature west coast style with chords and keyboards, taking the sweet original version and bringing it to a much groovier place.
MORE TRACKS, AFTER THE JUMP...
Rogue Vogue - 'When I Look At You'
Heavily influenced by his home city and motherland of house music, Chicago, Rogue Vogue draws inspiration from the late '80s/early '90s clubs where Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles, and Paul Johnson reigned supreme. A new member of Perseus' French Express label, Rogue Vogue makes his debut with the release of 'When I Look At You,' available for free download. This is a song clearly meant for the dancefloor at its prime time.
Chris Malinchak - 'These Dreams'
At the risk of hitting on the same note (no pun intended,) French Express has also just released a new track by Chris Malinchak. 'These Dreams' features very soulful vocals by Damon C. Scott and trippy deep house melodies. Download the track for free and enjoy the weekend.
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 Tadeu Magalhães.
The myth persists, but this time a Scottish monster hunter is certain he's captured 'Nessie' in a new photograph:
"I was just about to return to Temple Pier (in Drumnadrochit) and I went to the back of the boat which was facing the pier and that’s when I saw it," said 60-year-old Mr Edwards, a lifelong believer in the monster.
"It was slowly moving up the loch towards Urquhart Castle and it was a dark grey colour. It was quite a fair way from the boat, probably about half a mile away but it’s difficult to tell in water."
After watching the object for five to 10 minutes, Mr Edwards said it slowly sank below the surface and never resurfaced.
"I’m convinced I was seeing Nessie as I believe in these creatures. Far too many people have being seeing them for far too long," he said.
Herman Cain: Dan Cathy Told Me He's Donating 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day' Millions to Anti-Gay Groups - VIDEO
Herman Cain tells FOX News that gay people are protesting Chick-fil-A "since they can’t seem to get enough attention. That is what this is all about."
He also said he spoke with President Dan Cathy, who told him that anti-gay groups are about to get a hefty donation, Think Progress reports:
Cain, who claimed that he spoke with Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, said that the company’s sales exceeded $30 million during Wednesday’s “appreciation day,” “almost twice his previous high.” “They are going do take a lot of the excess profits they got on that day and contribute it to the charitable organizations they support in even bigger numbers,” Cain added.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Or anti-Muslim witch hunts:
At a news conference in Las Vegas, Romney wouldn't weigh in on either the fight over comments by the president of the fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A over gay marriage or an effort spearheaded by Michele Bachmann calling for an investigation into Huma Abedin and alleged Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the federal government.
"Those are not things that are part of my campaign," Romney said.
He also wouldn't say whether he thinks members of his party talking about those issues are a distraction.
"I'm not going to tell other people what to talk about," Romney said.
He's still answering questions about his taxes though. Watch him field the Harry Reid question again, AFTER THE JUMP...
Photographer Jeff Sheng Presents 'Fearless', His Epic Portrait Project of More Than 150 Out LGBT Athletes: VIDEO
Jeff Sheng presented his project "Fearless", his ongoing photo series of over 150 LGBT high school and college athletes, at Pride House 2012 at the London Olympic Games, for the first time. Selections from the series hav been edited into a compelling slideshow narrated by Sheng.
Check it out AFTER THE JUMP...
He's also begun a fundraising drive sponsored by Nike to turn this series into a photograph book next year: FearlessPhotobook.com.
I've posted about another of Sheng's projects here before — his series of closeted gay and lesbian servicemembers pre-DADT repeal.
PIANO PRODIGY: Gavin George.
FALLING TO PIECES: A new David Guetta/Sia collaboration. "Titanium" was their first.
COMING OUT: A game changer.
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES: Busted kid apologizes to plane.
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