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The OXD Mirror: Sultry Vocal House Tracks From Brett Johnson, Human Life and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Brett Johnson Featuring Mikey V: 'Falling'

Dallas-based DJ Brett Johnson might be an up-and-comer on the house music scene, but his new track with vocalist Mikey V (Velazquez) sounds as slick as some of the more well-known seasoned producers out there.  The smooth vocals from Velazquez accompany a sophisticated deep house beat that you can't help but 'fall' for.  The track acts as the first single off of Brett's The Bounce is Back EP, which is out now via Classic Music Company.  

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The OXD Mirror: Róisín Murphy's 'Gone Fishing' and More!

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Róisín Murphy: 'Gone Fishing'

Róisín Murphy is one of those rare artists that can seamlessly float between different styles and yet always sound distinct and still play to her musical strengths.  From her early days in Moloko penning underground club hits like 'Sing It Back,' to her critically acclaimed electro pop masterpiece Overpowered, and more recently her Italo-pop/disco EP Mi Senti, her 20+ year career has earned her a loyal and rabid fan base.

Earlier this week, Murphy announced her first full-length album in 8 years, Hairless Toys, due out on May 11th.  The lead single is 'Gone Fishing,' a dreamy and dynamic song inspired by Paris is Burning.

Murphy says "[t]his song was written after I watched the film, having read an article which referenced it in a discussion about House Music's origins in black, gay culture. I was deeply moved by this film.....the culture was a flamboyant reaction to persecution and disillusionment, the imagination and bravery of these kids is simply awe-inspiring. I envisioned 'Gone Fishing' almost as a song from a Broadway musical version of this story. The making of one's own world,  a safer world and the creation of a new, better family in music or youth culture is a theme I touch upon elsewhere on my album Hairless Toys." 

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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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The OXD Mirror: Catch a Fever With Fiorious and Other Sizzling New Singles

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Fiorious: 'Fever'

We first introduced you all to electro funk/disco/pop artist Fiorious back in 2012, and his queer disco sensibilities and New York style immediately struck a chord with us.  

The Bronx-born artist quit his day job as a pop music journalist and moved to Europe to start a music career of his own.  As a follow up to his 2012 self-titled album, Fiorious is prepping his Danceteria EP for release this month.  'Fever' is the first release from said EP - and combines some really fun funk and disco elements into an upbeat track.  I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what else this guy has in store for us in 2015, but for now you can grab this track as a free download here.

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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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The OXD Mirror: Fill Your Plates with New Music From Little Boots, Anna Lunoe and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Happy Thanksgiving, Towleroad readers!  Today I am thankful for all the great music that comes across our desk - enjoy this week's picks.

Little Boots: 'Heroine'

There's something undeniably charming about British artist Little Boots. The singer/producer/DJ, born Victoria Hesketh, started her career with electro group Dead Disco in the mid-2000s. After leaving the band, Boots embarked on a solo career that has netted two full length albums, a few EPs, and some noteworthy singles including 'New In Town' and 'Every Night I Say a Prayer.'  She's never made much fanfare around her image or music, but has consistently churned out innovative and even at times sweet electronic music. Her new EP, Business Pleasure, is out next month, and includes the slick cut 'Heroine.'

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