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The OXD Mirror New Music for 4.12.13



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.

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Shine 2009: 'Eurozone'

When I first heard Shine 2009's track 'New Rules' a few years ago, I instantly fell in love with their revamped 90's aesthetic. It seems as though they've figured out a way to mix broken beats from 90's with balearic, echoed synths to create some of the most innovative pop music out there. They soon followed with their debut album, Realism, which is still a personal favorite from 2011, and included a track that featured vocals by Paula Abdul called 'So Free.' After a two year hiatus, the Finnish duo is back with a new single, 'Eurozone.' Although it stays true to the sound Shine 2009 created, it does add new elements that make it fresh, including opera-like backing vocals and prominent guitar riffs. The track is part of their sophomore album Our Nation, scheduled for release later in 2013.


Drop Out Orchestra: 'Day Vague'

Drop Out Orchestra are true masters of nu-disco. Adding to an already extensive catalogue, the mysterious Swedish duo recently released an excellent 6-track EP on the label File Under Disco called The Power of Music. The opening track is killer: 'Day Vague' borrows most of the iconic elements from classic disco, including a funky bass, prominent percussion and beautiful strings. With a violin like that, who needs vocals?


Man Tear: 'Outside Amore'

After bringing attention to  artists like LCD Soundsystem, Hercules And Love Affair, The Rapture, The Juan Maclean, Surahn and others, NYC's DFA Records has become a go-to label for what is up-and-coming in the dance and cutting-edge pop music world. Their newest bet is Man Tear, a project started by Swedish producers Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist. For their debut single, 'Outside Amore,' Man Tear reached out to the award winning film director Johan Jonason to provide vocals, which were laid over an hypnotic bass line and squeaky, fun tambourines. The result is an elaborate disco track that will hopefully make a big imprint on the music scene.


Digitaria: 'Shine (Morgan Geist Remix)'

Sharing the same hometown (and even some friends) as me, Brazilian duo Digitaria is one of the many talented acts on the prolific label Hot Creations. During my late teens and early twenties, I had the chance to see Daniel Albinati and Daniela Caldellas perform live as Digitaria several times in our hometown, Belo Horizonte. They have recently picked up momentum outside of Brazil with the release of tracks like 'Crazy Life,' 'Masochist,' and the brand new 'Shine.' The single includes a remix by legendary NYC producer Morgan Geist, formerly of Metro Area, and is quite lovely. As Digitaria begins to team up with big names, I'm excited to see what comes next for the duo.


Close feat. Scuba & Charlene Soraia: 'Beam Me Up'

I've recently came across a label named Aus and quickly became obsessed with their catalogue of releases. British producer Will Saul, the talented (and handsome) man behind the company, is soon unveiling an album under his newest moniker, Close, appropriately named Getting Closer. With a due date set in June, Close has already shared the first single, 'Beam Me Up,' a collaboration with producer Scuba which features vocals by Charlene Soraia. This is a strong track which combines Soraia's angelic voice with a minimal, yet throbbing take on introspective deep house. The single will also include remixes by George FitzGerald (who has recently re-worked Jessie Ware's 'No To Love') and NYC's Hercules And Love Affair.

This week's post was written and curated by Tadeu Magalhães.

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  1. Why is it I never care for these selections?

    Posted by: Ken | Apr 12, 2013 12:46:20 PM

  2. You guys either have the worst taste in music, or you're so one dimensional that you have no clue about any music outside of your stupid remixes. Probably a lot of both.

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 12, 2013 1:50:33 PM

  3. Hi Adam,

    Thanks for reading. The three of us have a wide array of musical tastes, but our focus for this column and for Occupy the Disco is on a specific type of music, which is stated clearly in the header of every column.

    Posted by: OXD_Josh | Apr 12, 2013 2:23:43 PM

  4. Keep up the good work guys look forward to this every week love it .

    Posted by: garry | Apr 12, 2013 2:37:57 PM

  5. I like the "Outside Amore" song. You can find it on Spotify as well, so I'm going to start a station with that song, see what happens. With regard to what the other guys said, I always give these a listen, but normally don't like any of them either. I do like disco, but hate house and trance. Dance music from the nineties, which I cut my teeth on and loved, was very different. It made you want to dance.

    Posted by: EricD. | Apr 12, 2013 3:34:26 PM

  6. Perhaps your anti-fans might like some Woodkid:

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 12, 2013 4:03:42 PM

  7. Randy, I didn't know about Woodkid, but I just listened to a random pick from them, and did like it, so thank you.

    Posted by: EricD. | Apr 12, 2013 4:17:37 PM

  8. Obviously Ken and Adam are more interested in the latest Tribal remixes of the 10th single taken off Rihanna's latest epic fail. Love your selections Josh, as always.

    Posted by: Paul | Apr 12, 2013 5:24:37 PM

  9. Thanks Paul! These are Tadeu's picks however so all credit goes to him!

    Posted by: OXD_Josh | Apr 12, 2013 6:12:14 PM

  10. And Tadeu's cute, too!

    Posted by: CVP | Apr 12, 2013 7:13:36 PM

  11. guess you can't please everyone. i love the OXD postings...keep doing what you're doing!

    Posted by: stephen | Apr 13, 2013 10:34:09 AM

  12. Ken and Adam do you live in Idaho?

    Posted by: ryan | Apr 13, 2013 7:13:24 PM

  13. I want to love these postings...I really do...I love discovering new music that I love... just not feeling it. And, I do not live in Idaho :)

    Posted by: steve | Apr 15, 2013 2:47:21 PM

  14. As a matter of fact, I think your selection is sophisticated and knowledgeable. Keep it up dear, and just ignore the narrow-minded haters.

    Posted by: Max | Apr 16, 2013 12:09:45 PM

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