The OXD Mirror: Ru’s Top Tracks of 2013

Avec feat. Jake Shears: 'Disappearer'

UK's Doorly and Dave Spoon (Shadow Child) combined forces to create Avec and enlisted Scissor Sisters frontman, Jake Shears, for the vocals on 'Disappearer,' which quickly became my song of the summer. The toe-tap inducing, infectious track is laden with house pianos and Shears' signature falsettos that only enhance the frenzied production. The song quickly became a favorite for piano house heads like Anna Lunoe, who has played it during her various NYC appearances. 

 

Holy Ghost! – 'Dumb Disco Ideas'

DFA duo Holy Ghost! released their sophomore effort, Dynamics, in the fall to much acclaim. 'Dumb Disco Idea's is the albums lead single and the song’s quirky lyrics, hyper-electronic synths and cheery cowbell is in line with their signature nu-disco sound. This eight minute dance-floor ditty is chock-full of dry drums, a two-note bass line, percussion, hand claps, and unexpected arrangements making it one of their most sophisticated productions. 

Blood Orange – 'You're Not Good Enough'

All the tracks on this list have been in heavy rotation in NYC's clubs except for this one. Blood Orange just released his latest album, Cupid Deluxe last month, so it will take some time for this track to gain some speed (although remixes from the likes of Holy Ghost! will help). The song features Hynes' signature, lush textures, haunting lyrics, and a decidedly "chilled-out" vibe. Pay attention to the video though, the lyrics start playing concurrently and then eventually switch over to subtext of the song–giving the viewer a frank assessment of what's really going on.   

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.

This week's post was written and curated by Ru Bhatt. Check out more of his music picks on his podcast, The Ru-Mix and on Made In Brazil.

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.

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  1. FFS says

    I think more of this column belongs “After the jump.” Would you say?

    It would save a lot of scrolling past the awkward formatting when this appears on the index.

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