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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".

An array of music, for fashiony and non-fashiony types, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Disclosure and Mary J. Blige, Groove Armada, Duck Sauce and more!

BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

We first shared Disclosure with Towleroad readers in summer 2012. A year and a half later, they've taken the world by storm, with a platinum record, sold out concerts, and a nomination for a Grammy award. Even R&B diva Mary J Blige has given the brotherly duo her seal of approval by joining them on this new version of their track 'F For You'. Her voice itself is one of the most powerful in the business, and along with Disclosure, they've created a tremendous dance track together that is a nod to every power dance diva of the 90s.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 1.2.14

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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.  It's a new year, so naturally we've got a batch of fresh deep house, garage and of course disco tracks for you all to soak up.  Enjoy!

 

Lancelot: 'Giving It Up (Feat. Antony & Cleopatra)'

Sydney continues to churn out some of the most talented house music producers, including newcomer Lance Gurskik, aka Lancelot.  He's put out two EPs for Nurvous Records, and is back again with the piano-infused 'Giving It Up', which features vocals from Anita Blay and Alex Burnett, who together go by Antony and Cleopatra. The team has produced a deep, vocally-driven house track that was first heard and featured on The Magicican's Magic Tape 38.  This song has enough flair, drama, and the all-important piano backing to make this song a huge dancefloor hit.

 

Rio Shock: 'Moleque Transante'

There are many things I love about Brazil, but one of the things I love most is the country's unique, sometimes tropically-infused taste in dance music.  Rio Shock is a project started by João Brasil that aims to position baile funk as part of the dance music world that's remembered as a genre for more than just a few one hit wonders.  'Moleque Transante' pulls in Portuguese rap (which sounds vastly different from American rap), funky breaks and beats, and even deep house keyboards in to create a beach banger that works oceanside or in a warm nightclub in the wintertime.

Mickey: 'Deepest'

Belgian DJ Mickey has been a music lover from a very young age, following the 60's, 70's and 80's eras closely along with modern deep house music.  His heavy deep sound is felt once again on the appropriately titled 'Deepest'.  It's a little heavy, moody, and perhaps not for someone who is used to build ups and drops in their dance music; I think however, given the chance, this strong deep house track will grow even on those who aren't familiar with the genre.

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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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