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The OXD Mirror: Josh's Top Tracks of 2013

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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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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 11.14.13

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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 Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.

 

Beni: 'Love On The Run'

Sydney's Beni burst onto the house music scene two years ago with his addictive debut album House of Beni, which featured collaborations with artists like Nomi Ruiz from Jessica 6 and Sam Sparro. Beni is back with a new EP, Love on the Run/Summer’s Gone, which drops on November 29th on Modular Records. With 'Love On The Run', Beni serves us up more of his futuristic house sound, with vocals provided by Prince Terrence, and production lent by Kim Moyes of The Presets.

 

Cherokee: 'Don't Matter feat. Darianna'

There's nothing I love more than loungey, soulful disco tunes for cold weather nights, and French duo Cherokee have delivered just that with their new single 'Don't Matter'.  They've teamed up with Montreal-based singer Darianna Everett, who, from the looks of her Facebook page, has been best known for covering throwback R&B songs.  The song is reminiscent of some of Digitaria (who you will see later in this post) and Flight Facilities' slower, deeper songs.

 

HNNY: 'Exactly'

I was hooked on Swedish producer HNNY after hearing his edit of Brandy and Monica's 'The Boy Is Mine' this past spring, and then subsequently stumbling onto his fabulous track 'For The Very First Time', which cleverly samples Leona Lewis' 'Bleeding Love'.  While he isn't only a one trick pony, HNNY once again manages to again creatively borrow from an older pop song, this time choosing Christina Aguilera's 'What A Girl Wants'. 'Exactly' slows down and deepens the vocals, with an almost eerie effect that somehow seems to work well.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 10.24.13

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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 Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.

 

A.N.D.Y. feat Nyemiah Supreme: 'Pump It Up (Daryl Remix)'

When Azealia Banks released her 1991 EP and Fantasea Mixtape last year, I was compelled by the marriage of her rap and R&B vocals along with classic house backing and production. She sadly moved away from the style that made her widely known and became focused more on social media rants rather than her music. Meanwhile, in the same spirit of Azealia's house/rap collusions we enjoyed so much, Belgian producer A.N.D.Y. teamed up with rising MC Nyemiah Supreme to release the epic track 'Pump It Up' last November. The stellar track is now finally seeing remixes almost a year later. Though the original is certainly dancefloor appropriate, Daryl brings in a more underground club feel to the track, giving it a whole new life a year after its original release.  

 

Blende: 'Rikki (Majestique Remix)'

London-based producer Blende, a.k.a. Johan Blende, released his new track 'Rikki,' a song about falling in love with a robot that was co-written with Sam Harris of X Ambassadors. Blende's self-professed love for indie, techno, French house and deep house music (and everything in between) influences his production work — the result of which is a mix of lush disco, electro and house sounds that feel as classic as they do new. Blende's labelmates from Eskimo Records, the Dutch group Majestique, add an upbeat, electro feel to this track with this reinterpretation of the original work.

 

The Magician: 'When The Night Is Over ft. Newtimers (Ejeca Remix)'

For those who follow these column regularly, it's not surprising that I chose a track by The Magician, an artist whose work we feature often, or that I picked a remix by another frequently-featured producer, Ejeca. The marriage of these two artists however is a first, and the result is a club banger that combines elements of The Magician's nu-disco sound and Ejeca's classic 90s house beats. To say that I'm obsessed with this track would be an understatement, so I suggest you drop everything you're doing right now, put on your headphones, and enjoy.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 10.4.13

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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 Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.

 

CHVRCHES: The Mother We Share (Moon Boots Remix)'

Scottish electropop band CHVRCHES is a band whose name has been on the tongues of many music fans for the past couple months stateside . Their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, was released less than 2 weeks ago and is getting the attention of many music critics and bloggers. With a sound reminiscent of Niki and the Dove, the young band's first single from the album is 'The Mother We Share', a song they performed a few months back on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Moon Boots has remixed the song, adding in hearty pianos and breaks to give the song a more mature feel.

 

Julio Bashmore: 'Peppermint'

I have yet to come across a track featuring Jessie Ware's vocals that I didn't love. The British singer/songwriter most recently teamed up with talented producer and writer Julio Bashmore this past spring for the epic track 'Imagine It Was Us'.  Bashmore also produced and wrote Ware's 'If You're Never Gonna Move' and 'Running', which is a personal favorite of mine. It seems natural that he would utilize Jessie again for his own latest track, and this time he uses her smooth vocals on loop, punctuated with fierce hand claps and heavy synths to create a frenetic dance floor banger.

 

Kris Menace feat. Romanthony: '2Nite4U (Aeroplane Remix)'

Romanthony is regarded as a house music legend, best known for his vocals on some of Daft Punk's biggest singles, including 'One More Time'.  Unfortunately the talented singer died this past spring after complications with kidney disease.  His last published work to date was a collaboration with producer Kris Menace on his most recent album, Features.  A remix of the album, aptly titled Features Remixed, was released yesterday and includes a remix of this track by Aeroplane. There's also a great remix of the track 'Love is Everywhere' (shared on Towleroad in June 2012) ,which features vocals from out singer Lawrence LT Thompson from the Kiki Twins.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 9.12.13

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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 Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.

 

Anna Lunoe: 'Breathe'

We've been fans of Anna Lunoe since last summer's 'Real Talk,' which instantly became a dancefloor staple.  The song dominated Beatport's Indie Dance charts and stayed #1 for an unprecedented three-month stint.  Lunoe seemingly came out of nowhere but had spent years down in her native Australia cutting her teeth as a DJ for clubs all across the country as well as for fashion events for many of the major labels like Chanel, Fendi and Prada.  Lunoe's club-sensible production along with her tender vocals landed her a new record deal with Ultra Records, perhaps one of the largest all-electronic labels in the business.  Her newest single, 'Breathe', has all of the makings of another hit with a sound distinctly inspired by early 90's club culture.  I can't wait to hear this one when I'm out!

 

Kraak & Smaak: 'Good For The City (feat. Sam Duckworth) (Moullinex Remix)'

Earlier this year I shared Kraak & Smaak's fantastic collaboration with Ben Westbeech'The Future Is Yours', and now the Dutch based trio is back with a funky track called 'Good For The City'. The song will act as the second single from their upcoming album, Chrome Waves.  Portuguese producer and all-around musical genius Moullinex enhances the disco and funk vibes from the original track in his remix and brings them to the next level.

 

Cut Copy: 'Free Your Mind'

Cut Copy embarked on a cryptic teaser campaign this past week, with giant billboards around some major cities that only said "Free Your Mind' that played this new track on enabled smartphones within close priximity to the billboard ad itself.  'Free Your Mind' is the title track and first single of their upcoming LP. It picks up right where Zonoscope left off, while adding in some new elements like classic house pianos and soulful background vocals.  This band never seems to disappoint and I'm anxiously awaiting the release of Free Your Mind on November 5th.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 8.23.13

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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 Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.

 

SPF5000: 'Make Love To Me (DJ Nita Remix)'

Self-proclaimed '25th Century Dance Band' SPF5000 aims to create funky dance music that pulls in elements from the 70s and 80s and packages them together with a modern twist.  The Boston natives, comprised of Rob Phillips, Daymeyn Gantt and vocalist Amy Douglas, have been making music for almost three years now, but are just now in the process of releasing their first EP.  'Make Love To Me' is the first single off of the unnamed EP, and it succeeds in its purpose to showcase Douglas' robust, club-appropriate vocals.  NYC-based DJ Nita Aviance (The Carry Nation), who has remixed artists like the Scissor Sisters in the past, revamps the track with his signature underground house sound.

 

Chela: 'Romanticise (Boys Get Hurt Remix)'

Melbourne-based singer and songwriter Chela's voice might sound familiar to OXD readers, as she has contributed vocals for a number of other nu-disco artists in the past year, including Goldroom, Viceroy and Clubfeet.  The singer has now released her own single on the renowned Kitsuné Records entitled 'Romanticise'.  Chela's vocal versatility is certainly on display in this song, and Tokyo-based DJ duo Boys Get Hurt add in their inventive take of the song, with a xylophone chimes, synths and a harder beat.  Something about this version, perhaps the chimes, manages to keep the very innocent nature of the original song while making it over into something completely different. 

 

Treasure Fingers and The Knocks: 'My Body'

Treasure Fingers is no stranger to dancefloors across the world.  The Atlanta resident, born Ashley Jones,  has been crafting dancefloor anthems since he burst onto the scene with 2008's appropriately titled 'Cross the Dancefloor'.  This past spring he remixed The Knocks' collaboration with St. Lucia, 'Modern Hearts'.  Since then, he has teamed up with The Knocks yet again for a series of collaborations, the first of which is the house piano-laden jam 'My Body'.  The song is a pure club track and does the trick to get your feet moving and head bobbing. 

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