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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.
2013 has been a great year for the music that we love. Not only have mainstream acts like Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, and even Beyoncé embraced the disco sound that we love, lesser known acts like Todd Terje, Jessie Ware and Anna Lunoe have also created incredibly exciting house and disco tunes. My top tracks of 2013 overlap heavily with Josh & Tad's so instead of boring you with a similar list I've included a few additional favorites below, in no particular order. To listen to my top 25 of the whole year, check out my latest podcast, Ru-Mix 2013: You're Not Good Enough.
Duke Dumont - 'Need U (100%) [ft. A.M.E.]'
There were high expectations for Duke Dumont after 2012's smash hit, 'The Giver.' Luckily he followed up with a classic '90s house sound on the incredibly infectious 'Need U (100%).' Featuring the sexy vocals of UK starlet A*M*E & co-producer credits by MNEK, I predicted the song to be a dance-floor filler in January 2013. By summer it had hit number one on the charts and was heard practically everywhere. Luckily for me, it never got old. I can't wait to see what Dumont has in store for us next year.
Green Velvet - 'Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix)'
Green Velvet's 'Bigger Than Prince,' an ode to haters, is a song that just drips with swagger. The lyrics empower the listener to "Walk Around Like [They're] Bigger Than Prince' -- a haughty statement at face value, but in the context of the song it's quite fantastic. Leave it to my favorite producer of the moment, Leeds' Hot Since 82 (Daley Padley) to put his signature deep house spin on the track, turning the engaging original song into a veritable club banger.
Disclosure - 'F For You'
I have put a moratorium of sorts on writing about Disclosure as I have covered them so much in past columns (with good reason of course). Their Grammy-nominated debut album Settle features many guest vocalists but it's always their surprisingly sophisticated production that take center stage. Perhaps that's why 'F For You' is my favorite track from the album as it only features the two incredibly talented brothers.
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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 Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.
Avec feat. Jake Shears: 'Disappearer'Just because Scissor Sisters announced its indefinite hiatus last year doesn't mean its members have stopped making music. We've already showcased Del Marquis' Slow Knights project (which, by the way, is performing live this weekend), and now Scissor Sisters lead singer, Jake Shears, is featured as the guest vocalist on Avec's debut single, 'Disappearer.' Consisting of UK's Doorly and Dave Spoon (Shadow Child), Avec is a new collaboration that's sure to make waves on the house music scene. The toe-tap inducing, infectious track is laden with house pianos and Shears' signature falsettos that only enhance the frenzied production.
Holy Ghost! - 'Dumb Disco Ideas'DFA duo Holy Ghost! are putting the finishing touches on their sophomore effort, Dynamics, which releases this fall and 'Dumb Disco Ideas' is the lead single from this hotly anticipated album. The song’s quirky lyrics, hyper-electronic synths and cheery cowbell is in line with their signature nu-disco sound. This eight minute dancefloor ditty is chock-full of dry drums, a two-note bass line, percussion, hand claps, and unexpected arrangements making it one of their most sophisticated productions and a promising sign of things to come.
Hurts - 'Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix)'
UK-based Hurts has been on my radar ever since French label/tastemaker Kitsuné featured the Arthur Baker remix of their first single, ‘Wonderful Life,’ on one of their esteemed compilations. Their 2010 album Happiness, released to much fanfare, is blissfully sublime. Naturally, the world has been eager to hear new material from them as their recently released sophomore effort, Exile, does not disappoint. ‘Blind,’ the second single off of the critically acclaimed album, is a somber, haunting ballad that plays to Hurts’ strengths: namely lead singer Theo Hutchcraft’s vocals. The song is given a classic house rework via Chicago house music legend Frankie Knuckles and his frequent collaborator, noteworthy producer and keyboardist Eric Kupper, as they add massive piano chords and a fierce kick drum that will ignite the dancefloor.
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At Saturday night's GLAAD awards, Jake Shears covered "A Real Hero", the gorgeous College & Electric Youth track that served as a musical centerpiece to Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 Ryan Gosling film Drive, and he added a special lyric for Anderson Cooper.
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Banks claimed that her bisexuality, the context of her remark and a complicated hierarchy of gendered denigrations of both gay men and women, made her use of the f-word a-okay, but Shears, frontman for Scissor Sisters, disagrees, writing, "It all about context. And right now, I'm sorry, but context is not on your side." He also reminded Banks that singer Donna Summer was "ostracized" for years for her past comments about gay fans, something that may very well happen to Banks.
GLAAD also came out against Banks. "[That] is an ugly, archaic word that was used to stigmatize a population of people who suffer high rates of violence both here in the U.S. and abroad," said Matt Kane, the group's Associate Director of Entertainment Media. "As far as we’ve come in this society, seeing it used by an artist many young people may look up to is painful, but even more so for those young fans, many of whom GLAAD has heard from."
GLAAD also offered, via Twitter, Banks an opportunity to open a dialogue that they hope will help her change her ways, or at least change her word choice.
A big head, as in beer.
Scissor Sisters dropped a new UK single today, "Baby Come Home", and along with it a video which sees Jake Shears, Baby Daddy, Ana Matronic, and Del Marquis dropped into a series of fantasy micro brew labels as vikings, nuns, sailors, and witches.
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