Wild Belle – 'It's Too Late (Snakehips Remix)'
‘It’s Too Late’ is a reggae/island influenced track by the Chicago sibling act known as Wild Belle. With this remix, North London-based DJ and producer Snakehips adds a pulsing throb to vocalist Natalie Bergman’s lazy, sultry coo to create a casual, soulful tune that has just enough seductive funk to fill the dancefloor.
Solange – 'Losing You (Cyril Hahn Remix)'
I’ve been impatiently awaiting new music from Solange Knowles since the release of her 2008 sophomore album Sol Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams, an effort that redefined her as an artist and made a significant musical imprint across the industry. Since then Solange has kept a rather low profile on the musical front, despite a fantastic collaboration with Chromeo and a surprising Dirty Projectors cover. Her newest release, ‘Losing You,’ has a lush, tropical, laid-back groove, courtesy of Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes (chek out the visually stunning video). While Cyril Hahn's prevous remixes of R&B hits certainly are intriguiging (listen to 'Touch My Body' and 'Say My Name') this is his best remix to date. The Swiss/Canadian DJ heavily filters Knowles’ vocals and alters the pitch to create the sound he is known for and yet he maintains a dance-ability on this track with it’s percussion and electronic elements, a quality I found lacking in his previous efforts.
Toddla T vs. Scissor Sisters – 'I Kiki (Feat. Spank Rock & Rye Rye)'
The Scissor Sisters’ ‘Let’s Have A Kiki’ needs no introduction. In fact, if you’re looking for a remix that is anything similar to the original then this is not the track for you at all (I recommend the 2 Bears or Nita Aviance remix in that case — both are valiant efforts for a somewhat impenetrable tune). Instead, wunderkind producer Toddla T, famous for remixing Róisín Murphy's ‘You Know Me Better’ as well as Ladyhawke and Hot Chip, has teamed up with hip hop sensations Spank Rock and Rye Rye to create an in-your-face, hard-hitting club banger that turns the concept of the original “Kiki” on its head. This is a fierce tune that is not for the faint at heart. It won't be everyone's cup of tea but it certainly is mine. In fact, I'll take two.
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.