Note: I discovered my love for disco and house music through remixes of current pop hits that had a decidedly different vibe from the typical gay-dance music remixes that were popular at the time. In an effort to reach out to a similar audience the songs below feature current hits of some of the most renowned pop divas of our time but you'll find the production on the remixes are actually completely different and sit nicely within the OXD oeuvre.
J.Lo – 'Live It Up (Jesper Samuelsson Remix)'
Sweden's Jesper Samuelsson draws inspiration from his country's omnipresent summer sun and thankfully removes the ubiquitous Pitbull from J.Lo's original track and creates a slow burning, sun-drenched remix that is full of light and energy. The production relies heavily on lowering the pitch of Ms. Lopez's vocals to create this dreamy, languid tune that will easily serves the purpose of a closing tune for a night of revelry.
Kylie Minogue – 'Skirt (Switch Remix)'
British DJ and producer Switch takes Kylie's disturbingly dubstep oriented 'Skirt' and makes it all the more pleasing to the ear with this sublime disco remix. The production is sparkly and beautiful, with effervescent synths that complement Kylie's delicate voice quite well and make one question whether her recent signing to Roc Nation records is a wise one given their aggressive approach on the original track.
Mariah Carey – 'Beautiful (Louie Vega EOL Remix)'
There's no denying that Mariah Carey's 'Beautiful' is one of the best R&B songs to be released this summer. NYC's Louie Vega gives the soulful original a traditional 90's house treatment, making it a fun piano driven ditty that's sure to inject life onto any dancefloor.
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.
Be sure to check out these tracks and more on our Spotify Playlist. For more information on OXD, check out our website and accompanying blog at www.occupythedisco.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: @OccupyTheDisco.