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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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The OXD Mirror: Plastic Plates Remixes a Runway Anthem and more

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Jonas Rathsman, featured in today's playlist

BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Disciples - 'Catwalk (Plastic Plates Remix)'

Collectively, the three of us at Occupy The Disco are all fans of the voguing and ball scene era (as documented in the classic Paris is Burning) and the music that inspired the mainstream rise of club music.  It's no surprise that a dance song titled 'Catwalk' is a direct homage to that voguing and runway culture.  The song is the title track of London-based Disciples' sophomore release. Plastic Plates, who you've all seen us feature on here more times than I can recollect, gave the track an even more runway-appropriate take by removing some of the hardness of the original track while infusing in beats worthy of a fierce strut, hair flip, or fan wave.

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The OXD Mirror: A Return of The Greats, New Music From Hercules and Love Affair and Todd Terry

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

As history has always showed us, GLBT people have always been the ones to set the trends in music, followed furiously by the rest after the impact of our music is felt on the world. 

Hercules and Love Affair - 'Do You Feel The Same'

Hercules and Love Affair, the queer collective started by Andy Butler, effectively rendered electro dead with the revival of disco in their 2008 hit single, ‘Blind’, featuring Antony Hegarty.  The success of this single and the group’s first album helped to bring disco back in a new and serious way to electronic producers and bands.  Over time, the group has featured out artists like Nomi Ruiz, Shaun J Wright, Kele Okereke, Kim Ann Foxman, in addition to Hegarty and of course Butler himself.  The group is back for their follow-up to 2011’s Blue Songs, called Feast of the Broken Heart, out on April 14th, with ‘Do You Feel The Same’ as the lead single.  The pulsing jam is rife with the great beats and sleek vocals, this time courtesy of HALA’s touring vocalist Gustaph.

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The OXD Mirror: Andre Leon Talley goes Disco via Midnight Magic and More - LISTEN

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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 collective created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tad Haes, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.  

Company Freak - 'Andre Leon Talley (Midnight Magic Remix)'

Just in time for New York Fashion Week, self-described dance super group CompanyFreak have released the EP of their single, 'Andre Leon Talley'.  The song is aptly named after the not-gay former Vogue editor and judge for America's Next Top Model, boldly claiming in the lyrics "I wanna be just like him!  I wanna have friends like him!"  While I can't say I necessarily agree with the sentiment,  I am definitely want to have more of CompanyFreak's brand of dance, soul, funk and disco music.  Fellow super-group and perennial OXD favorite Midnight Magic have remixed the original, adding in their disco sensibility and funky breaks to the song.  It even got the attention of Out Magazine, who named it a "fashion week anthem".

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