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The OXD Mirror: A Tribute To Chicago House And More New Music


Robert Owens: 'This Time'

Even though house music is as well known today as mainstream genres like pop, rock, and R&B, it has not always been so commonplace or well-regarded as it is in 2015. Chicago was one of the first hold outs for house music, where this new and evolving music style broke race and sexual orientation barriers in the 80s – bringing people together under this new form of rich, soulful dance music, and eventually spreading all over the world.  

London-based record label Midnight Riot, known for their compilations of original disco and house tracks along with classics and B-sides, have put together a really great album that pays tribute to Ron Hardy, the Music Box, and the formative years of Chicago House. The album mixes vintage material with tribute tracks from current artists and Chicago legends, like vocalist Robert Owens. Owens is Chicago House royalty; one of the few that has reserved his soulful vocal talents for dance music. ‘This Time’ is his excellent contribution to this Chicago-centric compilation, which features many queer artists like Owens himself, and the likes of The Cucarachas, The Carry Nation, Severino, Alinka & Shuan J Wright, and The Black Madonna.  

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The OXD Mirror: A Dose of Pop-Infused Tunes For Early Summer



Lana Del Rey's ethereal tracks have always mixed well into upbeat remixes (like 'Summertime Sadness'), but I have also come to love her songs in their untouched forms over time, including her latest single release 'West Coast.' 

Lana Del Rey: 'West Coast (MK Remix)'

'West Coast' is the first single from her new album Ultraviolence, and in its original form is a spooky, guitar-heavy anthem, with an appropriate California Rock/Fiona Apple feeling to it. House music genius MK (Marc Kinchen) completely reworked this song into a pulsing dance track — keeping intact the interesting ebbs and flows that the vocals and instrumentals take during the song.  

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Bright Light Bright Light and Elton John Duet on 'I Wish We Were Leaving': MUSIC


Elton John phoned Welsh-born pop artist Bright Light Bright Light (aka Rod Thomas) to compliment him on his debut album and their friendship resulted in this duet, which wasn't originally written as one.

The Guardian reports:

"In time I played him I Wish We Were Leaving and he added his vocals. Although it wasn't written as a duet, I love that his voice taking lead in the second verse is a reminder that every relationship has two sides and two voices."

For Elton it meant working in a slightly different way to what he's been used to: "Working with Bright Light Bright Light was a challenge for me as I love Electronica but am quite ignorant on the recording process. I had to sing in a completely different way which I really enjoyed."

The track is part of an EP of the same name out April 7.


For more on Bright Light Bright Light, don't miss our Bobby Hankinson's interview with him that we published last June. As well as "Moves", "An Open Heart", and "In Your Care".

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Bright Light Bright Light: All My Dreams are Still 'In Your Care' — VIDEO


Relevant especially during the holidays, anyone who lives far from family and must negotiate the psychological hurdles of being far from a loved one will relate to what Bright Light Bright Light is saying in his beautiful new video for the gorgeous track "In Your Care".


Check out Bright Light Bright Light's other tracks "An Open Heart" and "Moves" as well as our interview with the singer (aka Rod Thomas) HERE.


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Bright Light Bright Light Wants You to Have 'An Open Heart': VIDEO


Bright Light Bright Light (aka Rod Thomas) is back with a new single and video "An Open Heart". He writes:

“An all-out electronic pop song, ‘An Open Heart’ looks at perception, and how easy it is to miss the beauty of a moment. Whereas the debut record looked at what a place or a person can tease out in you, these new songs look at how you see your surroundings – what it is you see and what it is you miss.”

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You may also recall his track "Moves".

For more on Bright Light Bright Light don't miss the June interview he did with our own Bobby Hankinson:

"I don’t define myself as a “gay artist,” because that has lots of loaded implications. I don’t think of myself of like a spokesperson for the gay community. But I am very proud of who I am, and I’m never, ever inclined to be anything other than honest about my sexuality when I’m asked about it or when I’m talking about that. I don’t try to gender rectify songs to make it sound anything more generic. It’s actually quite liberating. There’s a lot of artists that say it’s been a real hindrance to them, and I’ve never felt that. I’ve always felt that it’s been embraced.

Check it out here.

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Towleroad Interview: Bright Light Bright Light

(Photo: Christa Holka)


It’s an exciting month for Bright Light Bright Light. The Welsh-born pop artist (né Rod Thomas) celebrates the release of his latest EP, Moves, tonight at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, and he is playing Pride celebrations later this month in Seattle and San Francisco. His achingly beautiful dance tracks do much more than just get your feet moving; they can stop your heart and bring tears to your eyes. It’s no wonder he’s been drawing comparisons to Erasure, Kylie and Robyn. 

We spoke with the openly gay artist about what his hometown has in common with Twin Peaks, what it means to be an out artist and what fans can expect from the next album.


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