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.
Canada's Kiesza has been bubbling under the surface of pop music for a couple months now with her initial release, 'Hideaway' slowly climbing the charts. The cat's finally out of the bag as 'Hideaway' recently topped the UK Singles Charts thanks in part to a debut by Annie Mac and the impressive video, shot in one take in Brooklyn's Williamsburg. The song's thick bassline and catchy vocals nod to '90s dance anthems adding to it's infectious appeal. The song is also a great vehicle for a slew of remixes and covers, and I've included some after the break.
- The Bixel Boys give Kiesza's 'Hideaway' a deep house feel with this remix that maintains the original's ethereal vocals but makes it more of a late night floor filler.
- The addictive "I Might Survive,' by Architecture in Helsinki (based in Australia) is another disco gem that almost sounds like it was ripped right from the '70s. The warm synths, however, give it more of a pop sensibility, firmly rooting it in a new era.
- Dimitri from Paris teams up with frequent collaborator DJ Rocca to give us yet another classic disco ditty, 'Disco Shake.'
- MK's love for house pianos never fails to disappoint me, and he proves himself once again with his remix for his original track, 'Always.'
- Britain's Luxar tackles the King of Pop himself with their dreamy remix of 'P.Y.T.,' giving the dance track a more loungey feel.
- We actually first discovered 'Hideaway' and Mausi (recommended by Josh last week) when our friend Stephen at earfeedmusic.com recommended this cover/remix to us a few weeks ago. Mausi's version is more laid back but still maintains that playful feeling by drawing out the J.Lo sample.
Bonus: Michael Jackson – 'Love Never Felt So Good'
Despite my preference the original solo version over the superfluous duet with Justin Timberlake, I am excited that Michael Jackson's 'Love Never Felt So Good' is getting a video release. The tributes to different era of Michael are fantastic and if anything, the video is appelaing because this is the first time I've found Justin Timberlake attractive since this infamous RollingStone cover. Regardless, the song is brilliant, and brings back that classic Michael Sound that serves as a follow up (or predecessor?) to last year's disco-infused 'Suit & Tie,' 'Get Lucky' and 'Blurred Lines.' Will it be the song of the summer though? Maybe just for me.
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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