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The OXD Mirror: Andre Leon Talley goes Disco via Midnight Magic and More - LISTEN

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based collective created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tad Haes, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.  

Company Freak - 'Andre Leon Talley (Midnight Magic Remix)'

Just in time for New York Fashion Week, self-described dance super group CompanyFreak have released the EP of their single, 'Andre Leon Talley'.  The song is aptly named after the not-gay former Vogue editor and judge for America's Next Top Model, boldly claiming in the lyrics "I wanna be just like him!  I wanna have friends like him!"  While I can't say I necessarily agree with the sentiment,  I am definitely want to have more of CompanyFreak's brand of dance, soul, funk and disco music.  Fellow super-group and perennial OXD favorite Midnight Magic have remixed the original, adding in their disco sensibility and funky breaks to the song.  It even got the attention of Out Magazine, who named it a "fashion week anthem".

An array of music, for fashiony and non-fashiony types, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

 

This week's mix spans across an array of different genres, kicking off with Golf Clap's new single, 'Give It To Ya'.  The Adina-Howard-Freak-Like-Me-CD-Single-1995-Front-Scan-LRDetroit-based duo have been putting out deep house hits that are a nod to San Francisco's Naked Music label since last year, and this latest track samples quite a few different songs, including Liberty X's 'Just A Little Bit'.  

The next track, Bo Cash's 'Freak Like Me', is a sample as well: a nu disco remix of Adina Howard's epic 1995 summer hit of the same name.  

Chromeo's latest single, 'Come Alive', featuring Toro Y Moi, is my fourth pick of the week.  Though Chromeo have always been known for their synth-heavy disco sound, Onra adds in a more traditional tempo and disco pianos to make this track even more of a classic delight.  

Mirror People, aka Rui Maia, follow this with a lighter track, 'Come Over', featuring vocals from house and electronic vocalist Iwona Skwarek.  This sweet, ethereal track reminds me of warmer days during this particularly harsh winter season.  

Rounding out the bunch is a pulsing house track from Belgium's Arches, 'There's A Place'.  This debut song for the Columbia-signed group is a promising sign of their work to come, with classic house production and gospel-inspired vocals to keep the crowds moving on the dancefloor.  

 

Bonus Listening: Homework Deep House Amsterdam Mixtape #098

This Dutch duo's newest mixtape is slick, with jazzy, urban, deep house sounds. Head over to their soundcloud for a link to download it for free.

 

The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based collective created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tad Haes, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.   

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.

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  1. You lost me at Andre Leon Talley. Repulsive. I'll pass.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 14, 2014 11:51:40 AM


  2. @Jamal49_totally agree.

    I've seen ALT at the disco, not something I'd want to repeat. Whales do it better.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Feb 14, 2014 6:13:00 PM


  3. Neck and neck with "Gay Icon" as the "the silliest, most pointless regular feature on Towleroad. I really wish you guys would kill it off."

    Posted by: don't a tell la | Feb 14, 2014 10:34:17 PM


  4. Someone woke up on the dramatic side of the bed on San Valentine's Day. Guys, don't let it get to you!

    Towleroad, don't EVER kill "The OXD Mirror" please! I listen to it regularly and repeatedly. Great source of new music and carefully selected sounds.

    Posted by: MSquare | Feb 17, 2014 5:09:13 AM


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