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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 12.14.12

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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.

 

Katy B x Geeneus X Jessie Ware: 'Aaliyah'

For me, it doesn't get much better than when a few of the most buzzworthy and talented names in pop come together to make a bouncing club track.  Katy B's new Danger EP is available for free on her site, katybofficial.com, and contains this lovely gem on it.  Reminiscent of some of Hercules and Love Affair's music, 'Aaliya'" showcases the chanteuses beautiful voices against producer Geeneus' 90's-inspired dance beat.  We bumped into Jessie Ware at Solange's concert at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday and she told us she thought it was the perfect track to listen to before starting your night - and I could not agree more with that sentiment.

 

Artful Dodger: 'Please Don't Turn Me On (Disclosure Remix)'

No strangers to our column, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, have made quite a splash as the garage-house act Disclosure.  After remixing Jessie Ware's 'Running' this fall, Disclosure teamed up with vocalist Sam Smith for their big hit 'Latch', which hit #11 on the UK charts.  This time the brothers have given their electronic touch to some other fellow British countrymen, R&B band Artful Dodger who are mostly known for their song 'Please Don't Turn Me On,' released in 2000.

 

Dropout Orchestra: 'Your Girl (featuring Kinema)'

Swedish house music duo Dropout Orchestra are masters of production and have worked on mixes for proteges like Mario Basanov, Moullinex and Flight Facilities.  Their latest effort is an original single along with Brighton-based disco band Kinema.  The collaboration is a fun, light-hearted track complete with a little disco piano, syths, and of course top-notch vocals.  Chromeo fans will love this track, as they share a sound eerily similar in both production and vocals.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 8.17.12

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT

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. 

 

Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen

Although Ellie Goulding's debut album was released in the UK in 2010, the bonus single and title track, 'Lights,' is currently topping the charts in the United States. This is fortunate for her as her second album, Halcyon, is released this October. The lead single, 'Anything Could Happen,' produced by Kish Mauve, dives deeply into the synth-pop sound Goulding experimented with on Lights. The poignant lyrics, accented by Goulding's unique warble, give a refreshing, hopeful twist to what easily could have been a somber "breakup" song. The highlight of the track is clearly the bridge: Goulding's chant crescendos as the beat escalates, ending in a gutteral roar, a sound the audience certainly does not expect from someone so delicate. 

 

Blood Diamonds (feat Grimes) - 'Phone Sex'

Armed with a bottle of gin, Blood Diamonds (Michael Diamond) teamed up with his close friend Grimes (Claire Boucher) on a late night endeavour to create "the perfect pop song." Known for his sun-drenched, luxurious productions, L.A.-based Diamond cites K-pop as an additional influence for this summer anthem. He combines calypso drums and Boucher's ethereal voice to give the song a dream-like quality while the catchy chorus reins you in with its flirtatious "hey daddy" refrain. Creating the perfect pop song may be considered a lofty goal but i commend the duo for aspiring to it. Whether they are successful is up to the listener but this is certainly a valiant attempt. I should note that the Lemonade rework complements the original nicely with a production that emphasizes the fantasy elements of the song. Listen to it on our website. 

 

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Lana Del Rey and Jaime King are Suicidal Lesbian Lovers in 'Summertime Sadness': VIDEO

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Lana Del Rey and Jaime King's love affair meets a tragic end in Del Rey's stunning "Summertime Sadness" video.

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Unlikely Collaborators Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks Team Up for 'Blue Jeans' Remix: LISTEN

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A collaboration being talked about in February bears fruit.

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Lana Del Rey is a Street Walker in an Instagram World in 'Carmen': VIDEO

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Lana del Rey tweeted her video for "Carmen" over the weekend, a combination of found and behind-the-scenes footage cut with Instagram-style filtered vintage shots of NYC, molecular photos of methamphetamine, and women on stripper poles.

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John Mayer Covers Lana Del Rey's 'Video Games', Instrumentally: AUDIO

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John Mayer's vocal cords are still giving him problems, so this is instrumental, with a Ry Cooder twang.

"Video Games (dub solo electric) w/Binson Echorec"

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