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.
Freeform Five feat. Róisín Murphy - 'Leviathan'
One of the most distinctive voices on the pop, house and disco scene belongs to the Irish maven known as Róisín Murphy. We've enjoyed her as part of Moloko and she won our undying adulation with 2007's Overpowered. Since then she's given us collaborations and original tracks that in an attempt to keep us satiated. One track that has been rumored for years is 'Leviathan,' a track Murphy has played privately part of her DJ sets, but never saw (or heard) it's official release. Finally, Murphy teams up with Anu Pillai (Freeform Five) to release the track, out next week on Eskimo Records.
The track is brilliant as expected but I also find the song inspiring. The creators themselves have described the song as "rallying call for individuality" against the system of society, including its constraints and freedoms. Something we can all sympathize with, for sure. Also included is a remix by Pillai himself, with cosmic grooves that harken back to his Kid Gloves days when he created one of my absolute favorite remixes ever, to Murphy's 'Movie Star.' Is it Murphy's official return? Not really... but we'll take what we can get.
Check out a playlist inspired by Leeds' Daley Padley, better known as Hot Since 82
AFTER THE JUMP. ..
Tomorrow night, we’re rallying our gay friends and Occupying NYC’s infamous nightclub, Pacha for a rare appearance by one of my favorite producers, Hot Since 82. To get you revved up for the ‘Bigger than Prince‘ remixer’s deep and classic house sound, I’ve put together a playlist of new tracks that skew towards towards the same.
The mix starts with a new collaboration by Tensnake and Nile Rodgers, which has been given a fantastic piano house treatment by Grammy nominee Duke Dumont. Quintessential NYC DJ and producer Eli Escobar is inspired by Venus Xtravaganza‘s epic read in Paris is Burning for the next entry on the list, ‘Touch.’ The track is a B-side to his new single & EP, Red Hot (feat. Anna Lunoe). Following that, recent UK Chart Topper MK produces a classic house remix for the latest release by Disclosure‘s ‘Latch’ vocalist, Sam Smith. My favorite track from the first album of the man of the hour, Hot Since 82, is up next, and finally, we round things out with a tech house moment: it’s Tiga versus Audion multiplied by Swedish techno producer, Adam Beyer, giving you a track that’s sure to motivate a desire to dance.
Bonus Track: Krish Ashok‘s ‘Daft Pankajam’ (free download)
Chennai’s Krish Ashok gives the biggest disco song of 2013 a classic Indian twist with this Carnatic Remix. While this track isn’t really for the dancefloor, it’s a pleasure to listen to nonetheless.
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.