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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 1.2.14



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 Tad Hães.  It's a new year, so naturally we've got a batch of fresh deep house, garage and of course disco tracks for you all to soak up.  Enjoy!


Lancelot: 'Giving It Up (Feat. Antony & Cleopatra)'

Sydney continues to churn out some of the most talented house music producers, including newcomer Lance Gurskik, aka Lancelot.  He's put out two EPs for Nurvous Records, and is back again with the piano-infused 'Giving It Up', which features vocals from Anita Blay and Alex Burnett, who together go by Antony and Cleopatra. The team has produced a deep, vocally-driven house track that was first heard and featured on The Magicican's Magic Tape 38.  This song has enough flair, drama, and the all-important piano backing to make this song a huge dancefloor hit.


Rio Shock: 'Moleque Transante'

There are many things I love about Brazil, but one of the things I love most is the country's unique, sometimes tropically-infused taste in dance music.  Rio Shock is a project started by João Brasil that aims to position baile funk as part of the dance music world that's remembered as a genre for more than just a few one hit wonders.  'Moleque Transante' pulls in Portuguese rap (which sounds vastly different from American rap), funky breaks and beats, and even deep house keyboards in to create a beach banger that works oceanside or in a warm nightclub in the wintertime.

Mickey: 'Deepest'

Belgian DJ Mickey has been a music lover from a very young age, following the 60's, 70's and 80's eras closely along with modern deep house music.  His heavy deep sound is felt once again on the appropriately titled 'Deepest'.  It's a little heavy, moody, and perhaps not for someone who is used to build ups and drops in their dance music; I think however, given the chance, this strong deep house track will grow even on those who aren't familiar with the genre.



Anna Lunoe: 'Breathe (Cosmo's Midnight Mix)'

I first posted this song in September and then included it as one of my top 2013 tracks a few weeks back.  A slew of remixes for Anna Lunoe's 'Breathe' debuted recently, including edits from A.N.D.Y., Treasure Fingers and of course this edit by Cosmo's Midnight.  These twin producers, who also hail from Anna's hometown of Sydney, have rearranged the song with some garage beats and some lighter breaks.  It's softer than the original version but still bouncy in the way you'd want a dancefloor hit to be.


St. Lucia: 'All Eyes On Me (Goldroom Remix)'

2013 was a great year for St. Lucia.  The band, started by vocalist Jean-Philip Grobler, quickly became popular for their light modern rock sound and boyish good looks. As the group starts their world tour in the coming weeks, producer Josh Legg, aka Goldroom, has remixed the group's biggest hit, 'All Eyes On You' to tide us over. The original song has been featured in commercials for Taco Bell and Victoria's Secret, and now Goldroom has added in his ethereal and dreamy production.  The marriage of the two styles is a happy one, ands the collusion of styles plays out nicely for a sweet, yet still upbeat version of this great song.

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  1. I love you boy like xo

    Posted by: David Day | Jan 2, 2014 6:04:40 PM

  2. was really hoping 2014 would bring a different direction with a new music column. :(

    Posted by: don't a tell la | Jan 2, 2014 8:09:36 PM

  3. What is it about gay music? Do we have something against drums and acoustic bass? Why does it all have to be so electronic and cold? This current crop sure doesn't appeal to me. If you like it, fine, but I bet there are a lot of gay folks who find this as foreign and off as they find Young Country.
    It's fine if you want to keep reviewing this but it sure would be nice to have some balance, like with people who sing or play actual instruments instead of computers.
    (I realize I sound like an Old Fart but I guess I am. Proudly!)

    Posted by: steve Sando | Jan 2, 2014 9:32:06 PM

  4. You're not alone Steve. House music has never appealed to me. I usually just pass by these OXD stories because it's always house music but this time I was curious to see if these actually had a following here.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 2, 2014 9:47:48 PM

  5. I concur with the rest of the comments here. The music column has sucked for a long time. Has Andy, or anyone else noticed that the average comments on each of these guys' contributions have been two at most compared to multiples of a dozen on other any other post. Kind of weird considering music is the most ubiquitous form of media.

    It seems the lack of comments alone is a harbinger for lack of interest. Remember when Norman Brannon was writing the music column? He had a very diverse column, he was well respected as a music writer, and there were always dozens of comments.

    The choice of music is a whole different issue. It wreaks of gay indoctrination to me. What happened to A Les Paul with p90, a Texas strat, A Ludwig acrylic kit, and a punchy P Bass? Do relatively young gays appreciate musicianship as opposed to button pushers on a laptop?

    Now get off my lawn, whippersnapper!

    Posted by: Adam | Jan 2, 2014 11:47:22 PM

  6. this section really shouldn't be called "new music" it really is just tired rehashings from the 90s club scene.. MOVE ON.. post so real "new" music..

    Posted by: jake john | Jan 5, 2014 1:05:34 PM

  7. I LOVE OXD and i look forward to this post every week. the music presented here couldn't be further from what is thought of as 'gay music' - which has pretty much devolved into top 40 (gaga/katy perry/rihanna) on one end – to the same circuit/dj abel rift on the other. that is what makes it so good and so refreshing. i follow music pretty intensely and i am always being introduced to artists and producers and singers that i was not aware of. oxd introduced me to the whole 'french express' sound, which i became completely obsessed with. and i think the first time i heard 'disclosure' was on an oxd column. (who then of course became the world's biggest dance act - their album 'settle' is my choice for 2013 album of the year). oh and by the way the music oxd presents is filled with REAL musicians and singers and writers and producers. electronic music is not magic. music is very personal – and if you do not like the music presented here – find another source that you are into. ru, josh and the boys keep up the amazing work!! xoxoxorich

    Posted by: rich | Jan 6, 2014 6:38:57 PM

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