BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM
The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based movement created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tad Hães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.
This week I'll be sharing my top 10 tracks from 2013, and Tad and Ru will subsequently share theirs in the coming weeks.
10. Ben Pearce: 'What I Might Do (Kolombo Remix)'
Ben Pearce managed to take a slow, unknown southern R&B song (Anthony Hamilton's 'Cornbread, Fish & Collard Greens') and turn it into one of the biggest nu disco/indie house hits of the year. I first heard the Harry Wolfman remix of this track as part of the excellent compilation Traxx: The House That Garage Built. Not until quite a few months did Belgian producer Olivier Gregoire, aka Kolombo, drop a version of his own, which brings in some uptempo funk and hard beats for this highly addictive dance track.
9. Compuphonic feat. Marques Toliver: 'Sunset (Aeroplane Remix)'
Compuphonic is the alias of Maxime Firket, a fellow Belgian and labelmate of the remixer of my #10 pick, Kolombo. Compuphonic creates electronic music that to me feels very serene yet thoughtful. He teamed up with Daytona native Marques Toliver, whose long list of collaborators include Grizzly Bear and Bat For Lashes, to record 'Sunset'. It's a deep, slow song that has a chorus that clearly lays out the song's theme, "it's about that time, time for me to unwind." Aeroplane, a perennial favorite of mine, added in an upbeat 80's pop sound to the song, giving it an entirely new feel that I love even more than the original version.
8. Slow Knights: 'Shame (Coleco Remix)'
The Scissor Sisters' Del Marquis (Derek Gruen) managed to assemble a great line up of different artists, including Rod Thomas of Bright Light Bright Light, Mykal Kilgore from the touring production of Book of Mormon, and even Prince's New Power Generation band. Their May single release, 'Shame', from their debut album Cosmos, got a remix treatment from Canadian producers Coleco. The result is a vocally-driven, thumping house jam that's perfect for the dancefloor.
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