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The OXD Mirror: Vocal Bliss From UK Newcomer Moko and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Triphop is an often-forgotten subgenre of dance music that fuses breakbeats, soul, funk, and jazz influences.  Artists like Massive Attack and Tricky have established careers by infusing this genre into their production for artists like Bjork, Madonna, and Everything But The Girl.  Moko is a newcomer to the music industry, breaking through in the UK last year by performing with Neneh Cherry on Boiler Room TV and subsequently signing to MTA records in July 2013. 

Moko: 'Ceremony'

The London native got her start singing in church, and spent some time singing in London Community Gospel Choir before finishing university.  'Ceremony' is the second single from her forthcoming sophomore EP, Gold.  Despite being a newcomer, Moko sounds like a seasoned professional, with rich vocals that complement the ebbs and flows of the song's beats.  Her career is set to blow up in the coming months, so be on the watch out for her!

Another banger from Moko, and more new tracks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: Go Deep Into Summer with Vocals by Penguin Prison, Shaun J Wright and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

In perfect time to celebrate the summer sun, and of course their respective hometown shores, West Coast dance group Viceroy meets East Coast's Penguin Prison in the new summertime jam 'The Life'.

Viceroy: 'The Life feat. Penguin Prison'

These nudisco powerhouses joined together to create a poppy, uptempo track that has the perfect guitar-laden summer vibe.  The idea of cruising around in the sun with my convertible top down certainly sounds like "the life I want," as the lyrics go, but of course with this song as part of my summer cruising playlist.

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The OXD Mirror: Get Uplifted With New Tracks by Jax Jones, The Magician and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

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.  

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

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

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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Th OXD Mirror: Some Summer Appropriate Tracks + Covering Donna Summer

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Mausi: 'My Friend Has A Swimming Pool'

London-based Mausi have a bit of a complicated story: the group's name is that of a fictional character they made up, who's  imagined carefree lifestyle guides the feel of the group, and inspires the band.  “Mausi is a lifestyle, but the music is what you’d listen to if you were in that lifestyle,” said band member Daisy. I'm not sure I quite follow, but I can say the group certainly delivers sonically on some top notch disco pop music.  Their latest release, 'My Friend Has A Swimming Pool', has all of the makings of a perfect summer pop song:  carefree, fun-loving lyrics, a solid disco beat and some piano thrown in for good measure.

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The OXD Mirror: Róisín Murphy's Shows Off Her Italian Side and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Roisin Murphy - 'Ancora Tu'

Irish disco chanteuse Róisín Murphy is back with her first official extended release in 7 years!  Since 2007's Overpowered LP, she has released a smattering of singles and guest vocals, keeping rabid fans like myself chomping at the bit for any Róisín that we could get.  May 28th marks the date that her new Mi Senti EP is released, and as the name may allude, it's an Italian-language effort containing 5 covers of Italian pop songs and one original track.  Roisin has showed her chops for doing cover songs in the past, with a cover of Bryan Ferry's 'Slave to Love', used in a 2008 Gucci campaign.  For 'Ancora Tu', a 1976 hit by Italian singer Lucio Battista, Roisin adds in her signature moody electronic sound and almost spooky background vocals to reshape the song into something that is purely her own.

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