The OXD Mirror: New Music by Erol Alkan, Dedication, Francis Inferno Orchestra and more



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.  

Margot: 'Waldorf (Erol Alkan Extended Rework)'

As one of London's legendary dance scene influencers, Erol Alkan has done it all, from party promoter to DJ to music producer. Having started in the electro and new rave era of the early 2000’s, Alkan seamlessly transitioned into the electronic dance scene and today runs his own label, Phantasy, which releases many talented artists, including Daniel Avery and Connan Mockasin. Alkan is a prolific remixer who has re-worked artist like Daft Punk, Hot Chip, Scissor Sisters and The Chemical Brothers – and his latest work for Margot is my highlight this week. This is a track that builds up a lot of power during its initial 2 minutes before it finally breaks into the kind of ecstasy inducing climax every dancefloor hopes for. I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes one of the big hits of 2014.

More new music, AFTER THE JUMP...

DJ Kaos' remix of Dedication's 'I Ain’t Gonna Tell You,' another fantastic release on DFA Records, is 100% gay-dancefloor material. After testing it myself at the last edition of Paradisco, it was clear that this is going to be a hot track.

With a full length album expected to drop on May 19th, The Emperor Machine (Andy Meecham) made available for free download this percussion and synth heavy, unreleased version of 'Voices.'

Following the bellicose 'Hezbollah', Francis Inferno Orchestra now remixes Woolfy's '17,' giving it a dreamy, jazzy acid house treatment.

Space Coast is a new project by producer Sleazy McQueen and multi-instrumentalist Jorge Collazo. Together they released Crystal Lake, an album filled with references of disco classics that includes the amazing 'Please Release Me' (hear in full on Spotify). This is an infectious house track that will easily resonate with gay audiences.

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.

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