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The OXD Mirror: Andy Butler Goes Solo, And Other New Music For The Week

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Andy Butler is the mastermind behind the rotating disco house act Hercules and Love Affair, and the man behind the group's three full studio albums released between 2008-2014.  The group, comprised mostly made of LGBT performers (Butler himself, Antony Hegarty, Shaun J Wright, Kim Ann Foxman and Nomi Ruiz to name a few) brought back a  very queer sound to mainstream house music.  Though Butler has always acted as the "lead" for HALA, every song has always been a collective effort of the many artists that make up the group.  In 2015, Butler has set to break off on his own and produce under his own imprint.

Andy Butler: 'You Can Shine (Feat. Richard Kennedy)'

Debuting his first solo EP next month, Butler leads with recent tour mate Richard Kennedy, who acted as male vocal lead for the last Hercules and Love Affair world tour.  I had the pleasure of seeing this very sassy vocalist perform during that tour and his vocal chops and stage presence are combinations you don't see too often.  'You Can Shine' is an excellent club track, with some sounds reminiscent of Butler's HALA days as well as some new flavor injected.

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Andy Butler Wants You to Know 'You Can Shine' - AUDIO

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Andy Bulter of Hercules And Love Affair has a new track out from his upcoming two-track solo EP called You Can Shine. He has released the first track, "You Can Shine" featuring Richard Kennedy, on Soundcloud, and it showcases a dark techno beat overlaid with some falsetto gospel-style vocals. Butler released a statement on the project, saying:

Whilst Hercules has a collaborative, collective approach, “Shine” goes for a more direct approach, a stomping, uplifting club 12″ but it’s me so it will still have something of Hercules about it. I wanted to tap into the gospel tradition, for there to be a testifying quality to the record. Richard and I talk in the lyrics about putting ego aside and allowing people around you to shine. You shine when you acknowledge other people’s shine, even, if you will, the creator’s shine. I hope we’ve created something new. House is often soulful but you very rarely hear a big gospel-inflected voice paired with booming, doomy techno.

The EP is out on vinyl on 2/23, on Beatport on 3/16, and on iTunes and other digital retailers 3/30 via Butler’s label mr. intl. You can shine along with Butler and Kennedy in the audio track AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: Josh's Top 10 Tracks For 2014

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

It's that time of the year again for those 'best of 2014' lists, and the three of us will all be sharing our top tracks from this past year over the next 3 weeks. It's been a great year for music, and hopefully you all have enjoyed the variety of disco, house, pop, and techno music we've shared in 2014.

10. Roisin Murphy - 'Ancora Ancora Ancora'

2014 marked the official return of Roisin Murphy, seven years after her last full release, the massive Overpowered LP.  Her Italian language Mi Senti EP was comprised mostly of covers of Italian pop and disco songs, including 'Ancora Ancora Ancora.'  Severino (of the famed Horsemeat Disco) and Nico de Ceglia remixed this into a beautiful piano-laden track that showcases Murphy's vocal chops.  Supposedly, a new full length album is in the works for her in 2015. 

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Hercules & Love Affair's New Video 'Do You Feel the Same?' is a Desert Dance Couture Extravaganza: VIDEO

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Hercules & Love Affair dropped a bright, sexy, energetic new video today for their track "Do You Feel the Same?" from their recent album Feast of the Broken Heart, directed by AlexandLianne.

The clip stars choreographer Josh Johnson and other dancers with the Forsythe Company. Bernard Willhelm, the German fashion designer provided creative direction for the video, which was shot with an infra-red camera.

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The OXD Mirror: Chill Out with Dreamy House Tracks by Horixon, Chris Malinchak, Soul Clap & More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

Monarchy's Andrew Armstrong teams up with John Sambrooke again for another Horixon EP, which includes their latest single, 'Great Things.' Jacques Teal's beautiful, introspective vocals are complemented by a dreamy landscape provided by this hot production duo.

The EP's title track, 'Brighter Day' features house vocalist legend Robert Owens. Having collaborated with Owens before on 'Lifeline,' (released by Kitsuné) there's no question their new collaboration will fall into heavy rotation. Check out both tracks on the Brighter Day EP, available now on Beatport.

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The OXD Mirror: Celebrate Summer with Goldroom, Moon Boots, Satin Jackets, Poolside, and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

L.A.'s Goldroom (Josh Legg) stays true to form with his latest single, 'Till Sunrise.' Legg's lush production provides a glistening backdrop for Mammals' dreamy vocals, creating an almost perfect tune to enjoy these last few days of summer.

 In an unorthodox move, Legg also released the vocal stems for 'Till Sunrise' a few days before premiering the actual track, in an effort to induce even more creativity among remix producers. We're looking forward to hearing those different iterations, and thereby extending our summers, as well.

'Till Sunrise' sets the stage for today's playlist, which is chock-full of summery tunes. Listen AFTER THE JUMP...

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