Classixx: 'Holding On'
L.A.-based DJs and production duo Classixx will release their debut LP, Hanging Gardens, this May. The lead single, 'Holding On,' has a churning disco rhythm reminiscent of classics like Earth, Wind & Fire's 'September,' with the addition of a thumping 4×4 beat that lures you to the dancefloor. The fading strings and house pianos create a dreamy element that is supplmented by a soulful disembodied vocal sample providing the catharsis that keeps me "holding on."
Del Marquis & Xavier: 'Let Me Tickle Your Fancy'
Although the Scissor Sisters are on hiatus, that's not stopping bandmember Del Marquis from making music. Del's solo debut, Slow Nights, won't be released until spring but he has teamed up with NYC's Xavier to release a six song mixtape, Tickle, which includes material that is "a little less serious" than the work on Del's album. Marquis refers to the mixtape as perverted and utempo, which would explain the decision to cover of Jermaine Jackson's disco jam, 'Let Me Tickle Your Fancy.' Enjoy the titillating, semi-NSFW (the model dances around in a jockstrap) video here.
Über producer Gigamesh proves he still has the magic with his latest single, 'Enjoy.' The song borrows a vocal sample from Wham!’s 1982 hit single 'Wham! Rap (Enjoy What You Do),' creating a feel-good dancefloor-filler that's only enhanced by the disco funk beats Gigamesh is very well known for.
Bixel Boys: 'Love Like This'
Faith Evan's 1998 hit 'Love Like This' is updated for 2013 by the L.A. Based Bixel Boys and turned into a soulful vocal house track. The simple, dreamy production hits all the right nostalgic elements without sounding dated. This song is available for free download on Bixel Boy's SoundCloud.
ColeCo: 'You're So Fine'
Toronto-based ColeCo tackles another one of Brandy's hits, the 1994 release 'Baby' with their latest, 'You're So Fine.' The duo has lent their signature tropical nu-disco sound to the track, creating a refreshing ditty that will have you longing for summer.
Alien Alien: 'Monday'
The queer run label Discaire Records is the brain child of NYC's very own Ryan Smith, Jacob and Robert of San Francisco's Honey Soundsystem, and London's John Shanks. Discaire is releasing Alien Alien's Nights EP next month, and included on the release is a track that is not for the faint at heart, 'Monday.' The song features night-stalking salsa hand claps, wild aboriginal sounds and an infectious vocal mantra, creating a dark house cut that's probably best enjoyed in the wee hours of the night.
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.