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The OXD Mirror: New Disco and House Tracks for Your Halloween Celebrations

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Disco's influences can be heard in many different genres today, but probably none greater than house music. In fact, the lines can often be blurred between the two genres, and this track by Vienna-based producer LeSale falls somewhere in between.

Lesale feat. Mavin: 'In Command'

'In Command' is the title track from his upcoming EP, and features vocals from Mavin. The track has already built up a nice buzz amongst critics and peers, with Jacques Renault contributing a remix for the record as well. Check out Mavin's falsetto around the 2:55 mark, which to me at first sounded a little like Florence Welch.

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The OXD Mirror: Is JHud the New Dance Diva? And The Return of Midnight Magic

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Jennifer Hudson won the hearts of the gay community (and an Academy Award) with 2006's 'Dreamgirls,' playing underdog Effie White.  Her first two solo albums following the movie, Jennifer Hudson and I Remember Me, showcased her vocals in a more subdued, traditional R&B environment.  Her most recent album release, JHud, has taken the singer in a a new direction with something new to add to her repertoire: dance music diva.

Gorgon City ft. Jennifer Hudson: 'Go All Night'

I've always felt there's been an element to Jennifer Hudson's talent that's been untapped; with the smooth disco and funk-inspired sounds of her new album JHud, it feels as thought that missed potential has finally been fulfilled. Jennifer hit the studio after finishing JHud with rising star producers Gorgon City for a track for their debut album, Sirens, out this past week. The production itself is catchy, although fairly similar to the likes of Duke Dumont and Disclosure.  The real star of this song is Jennifer's voice; her vocals shine brightly on this house track, reminiscent of other great house vocalists like Martha Wash and Robert Owens.  Bonus fact:  this track was co-written by another rising star, Kiesza.

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The OXD Mirror: Close Out Your Summer With New Music From Bondax, Midnight Pool Party, Tesla Boy and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Even though these guys are electronic music producers, British duo Bondax have always made beautiful vocals (along with their skillful production) the centerpiece of their music. Last year, their track 'Giving It All' made it into the number two position of my top 10 tracks of 2013 here on Towleroad, and they're back yet again with another vocally-robust track, 'All I See'.

Bondax: 'All I See (Darius Remix)'

 Fellow Brit Tanya Lancaster provides the vocals this time for the single, which officially drops on September 7th.  French producer Darius remixed the track perfectly – adding in soulful, deep beats that suit the track beautifully.  

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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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