The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based collective 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.
Lee Foss & MK feat. Anabel Englund - 'Electricity'
Lee Foss cut his teeth on the competitive DJ scene in Chicago, Foss' birthplace (as well as the birthplace of house music itself), before shifting to Los Angeles to focus on music exclusively. Foss has teamed up with Mark "MK" Kinchen to create this musically restrained house track which features Anabel Englund's sultry vocals. If you're in New York, Lee Foss will be spinning at Highline Ballroom on 1/18, details can be found here.
Duke Dumont - 'Need U (100%) [ft. A.M.E.]'
Before 2012's smash hit, 'The Giver', Duke Dumont's name was virtually unknown to the masses. DJ's and producers, however, knew to turn to him whenever they needed a floor-filler to please the crowd. Of course, now Dumont's popularity could have become his downfall as the expecations are set very high for his follow up, 'Need U (100%).' Thankfully Dumont does not disappoint. He manages to deliver a classic 90's house sound that is furthered with sexy vocals by the 17 year-old UK starlet, A*M*E. Although this track won't officially be released until March 2013, I have no doubt you'll hear the addictive song on the dance floor soon given Dumont's track record.
Monarchy - 'Distintegration - feat. Dita Von Teese (Mighty Mouse Remix)'
UK-Based Monarchy will always hold a soft spot in our hearts as OXD was founded on the night of their 2011 concert at NYC's Highline Ballroom. 'Disintegration' is the first release off their yet-to-be-titled second album, and it includes guest vocals by Monarchy superfan, Dita Von Teese. Von Teese heard the band at Coachella and used Twitter to get in contact with them, resulting in not only this collaboration but a great friendship as well. UK-based Mighty Mouse's signature Nu-Disco, dance-floor-friendly remix gives us a preview of what's in store from the band and we can't be more excited to hear what's next!
the xx - 'Chained (John Talabot & Pional 'Blinded' Remix)'
Spaniards John Talabot and Pional have combined their mastery of Balearic beats and house music to create this pulsing remix to the xx's 'Chained.' The duo has borrowed the iconic synth loop from The Streets' 'Blinded By The Light' (hence the remix's name) creating an eight-and-a-half minute druggy (another Streets reference), deep house treatment that emphasizes the lament of a couple's distance from each other.
Jessie Ware - 'No To Love (George FitzGerald Mix)'
UK-based producer George FitzGerald is celebrated for his awareness of light and space in his productions, as evidenced by the sparkly introduction to this phenomenal remix to the fifth (!) single off of Jessie Ware's hit album, Devotion, which finally sees its US release next week. FitzGerald removes the rap-speak and R&B elements from the original song, creating a bass-line heavy escalating house track that showcases Ware's vocal cries.
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Nirvana - 'Polly (BrunoBe Remix)'
I was obsessed with Nirvana in middle school and most Nirvana fans would probably agree that the thought of a dance remix to any of their tracks is borderline sacrilege. Leave it to Brazilian BrunoBe to tackle this seemingly un-mixable song and create an impressive deep house remix. BrunoBe layers the original vocals over futuristic synths and bass-lines that mimic the original track, bringing this classic piece of alternative music into the 21st century and thankfully removing some of the sadness as well.
Spin Doctors - 'Princes (G Templeton & Branded James Remix)'
Keeping on with the 90's nostalgia wave, here is a much lighter affair from L.A.-based G Templeton and Branded James. The duo has attacked one of the most popular songs of the 90's and given it a sunny Nu Disco wash that still maintains the fun energy of the original, making it the welcome "blast from the past" that you didn't even realize you desired.
Anna Lunoe & Flume - 'I Met You'
This song has been shuffling around on my iPod for quite some time and it makes me so happy every time I hear it that I'd be remiss not to share it with you. The beautiful video complements the breezy production by Flume and Lunoe that begs you to 'slip and slide' with Lunoe's pretty vocals as she tells the tale of newfound love.
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.
Lawrence O'Donnell last night looked at the ejection of Rev. Louie Giglio from the inauguration ceremony over what he says it says in the Bible about gay people, as well as the use of that book in the inauguration ceremony, and the ironies present therein:
“This time, as it was last time for the first time in history, the book will be held by a First Lady who is a descendent of slaves. But the holy book she will be holding does not contain one word of God condemning slavery. Not one word. But that same book, which spends hundreds and hundreds of pages condemning all sorts of things and couldn’t find one sentence in here to condemn slavery, does indeed manage to find the space to repeatedly condemn gay people, as the now banished Louie Giglio says it does. And as the First Lady is holding that book for the President, sitting somewhere near them will be a pastor who the Inauguration Committee will make sure is much more adept at hiding what that book actually says than Louie Giglio was.”
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An ongoing case in which Britain is telling a Senegalese man he must prove he's gay or be deported back to his home country where he faces violence highlights "the injustices faced by those seeking asylum," according to a UK National Union of Students leader.
Serigne Tacko Mbengue, who studies at Newham College in east London, and is a LGBT campaigner for the NUS, fled to the UK in 2008 to escape homophobic persecution. But the 26-year-old is still going through the appeal process four years later because the Home Office doesn't believe he is gay.
Around 40 supporters turned up outside his hearing in London on Wednesday, only for the case to be adjourned for the second time in three months. It was rescheduled due to new evidence revealing physical and emotional scars from two attacks he suffered in Senegal because of his sexuality.
The west African state remains a dangerous place for homosexuals — anyone caught will face a prison sentence of up to five years.
Mbengue says: "I'm a very outspoken gay man. I'm not going back to Senegal. If I do, I will be a dead body."
STEWART: "We're just two wolves, two alpha males. No one alpha male. And one labrador retriever. And we're just sniffing each other's butts a little. This is our first time. The next time you get to talk.
BROLIN: You backed off, you backed off. See I saw the hair on your fingers, I thought 'he is more of a man than I am'.
STEWART: No, I'm more of an otter than you. You're not a hirsute gentleman, because I thought...
BROLIN: A hir-sute what's that?
STEWART: Like a hairy...
BROLIN: Do you want to see?
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Former NFL player Wade Davis talks to The Daily Beast about gays and the NFL:
When I was playing I had a partner. But he presented as straight so people would think, oh that's just his boy. There is no interrogation of people's friends. You choose very strategically when you're in the closet. You choose someone who's very masculinely presenting, who can pass as just a friend. And a lot of guys rolled with crews. So if there's four or five guys waiting on you afterwards no one's gonna know who that is. And there are other guys who don't have their partners come to the games at all.
I don't think I was afraid of getting caught. It was easier for me to exist in this cloak of secrecy. I just didn't know what to do. I didn't know what the response would be, I didn't know if it would change the team dynamic, I didn't know if I was ready to own it in front of other people, too. Cuz as long as you're denying it to yourself it's not really real. The hardest time was when I was in Barcelona [with the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe]. We were in Sitges, the second highest gay populated place in the world. So we'd be looking down at a resort beach and you see hundreds, thousands of gay men on the beach in Speedos and walking the streets shirtless and stuff. Imagine me being closeted there. It was my worst fear come true. And one thing that worked against me is my popularity. Everyone on the team liked me and that prevented me from ever being able to go out and explore alone. There'd be times I try to sneak out at night and people would be like oh I'll go with you and I'd be like damn. Because I wanted to have a conversation with another gay men like what's your life like? But I couldn't get away. So being there was the hardest time in my life and my play suffered. I'd never played so bad because there was so many gay men. Nowhere you went there weren't lots of attractive gay men.
When asked if gays get weeded out due to homophobia before they reach the professional level, Davis adds:
If you're a gay player who can pass, and I use that word unfortunately, then no one knows. No one knew about me. And I think most players take the attitude that if they could pass they will. If they can't then most likely in high school more than college or the pros there is that weeding out process. People don't understand their own sexuality in ninth or tenth grade so you're definitely going to be resistant against someone else who you may assume is gay. There was a guy in my high school and everyone believed he was gay. They called him the Faggot [name]. If he played football he would've definitely been pushed out you don't understand it at that age. I think there are players who are out in colleges now that people probably know who are gay and if you can play most guys are like man, just play. I just think we're in a different space now.
Read the full interview here.
It's the first legitimate FOX News boner of 2013.
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