Happy Pride, Towleroad readers! As we celebrate the progress LGBT people have made since the Stonewall Riots, we also celebrate the rich culture our people have cultivated over the years - which includes the popularization of disco, high-NRG and house music. We have always kept on dancing even in the face of adversity; hopefully today's column will help keep everyone's feet moving once again during your celebrations.
The Magician: 'Sunlight feat. Years & Years'
Famed international producer The Magician is back with a bright summery jam called 'Sunlight'. This song has had plenty of buzz around it since it was featured as a mystery track on The Magician's Magic Tape #43, which came out last month. Olly Alexander, of London's electro soul pop trio Years & Years, provides lush vocals, adding in that crucial layer of soul that every essential summer house track needs.
More new music, AFTER THE JUMP...
Jax Jones is probably a familiar name to you, as he co-produced Duke Dumont's summer smash 'I Got U', which has topped the UK pop charts and the US Dance charts (and was recommended by Ru in January). His new single 'Go Deep,' samples Janet Jackson's late 90s track of the same name in the chorus and adds light pianos to complement the added robust pop vocals.
When he's not busy producing with his group Crazy P, Ron Basejam has been quietly remixing classic songs over the years, kept private in his archives for his DJing gigs. He's opening the vault to some of his fantastic remix work, including a disco homage to the classic ballad 'We'll All Be Free', originally written and sung by Donny Hathaway.
OXD's Tad shared La Roux's 'Let Me Down gently' a few weeks ago, which marked the return of this Grammy winner after her extended hiatus. 'Uptight Downtown' is the next single from her forthcoming Trouble in Paradise, and it's gotten the remix treatment from one of our favorite local groups, Midnight Magic.
Australian group Rufus (known as Rufus Du Sol now in the US, for unspecified reasons) is preparing their debut album for release this summer. Their past singles and EPs have delivered slick, sophisticated indie dance sounds. Their latest, 'Sundream', is no exception, and has gotten the remix treatment from L.A.'s Classixx.
I've featured both Beni and newcomers Antony & Cleopatra in past weeks, so naturally I'm delighted these three have teamed up for a new single called 'Protect'. It's got an early 2000's underground dance vibe that reminds me a bit of Moloko and Kosheen.
Nile Rodgers is arguably one of the most famous multi-generational producers of all time. From Chic to Michael Jackson to The B-52s, his musical genius has been the brains behind so many hit artists' best singles. After being the brains behind last year's smash hit 'Get Lucky' by Daft Punk, he was asked to create the anthem for the International Music Summit, and out came 'Do What You Wanna Do'. Moon Boots has put his distinct spin on the track, as a fun and light dance track that will encourage us all to "do what we wanna do" on the dance floor.
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.