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The OXD Mirror: Getting Deeper Into House with Severino, Fort Romeau and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

 

Vanessa Daou: 'Love Is War (Severino & Terry Farley Dub Is War Mix)'

Vanessa Daou’s 1996 single 'Two To Tango' became a 90’s club staple after getting a popular rework by New York legend Danny Tenaglia. Nearly 20 years later, one of Horse Meat Disco’s prolific producers/DJs, Severino Panzetta, alongside Terry Farley of Roach Motel, have given her 2013 'Love is War' track their special touch to make yet another one of her soft spoken-word driven recordings into a hip-moving anthem. The simple, single note keys combined with an addictive bass line are the perfect instrumentals for Vanessa’s vocal work, making it a sure hit for late night crowds. 

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23 People in One Van Lip Dub 'I Really Like You' by Carly Rae Jepsen: VIDEO

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 Remember when Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" inspired a million lip sync videos?

Well, her recent track "I Really Like You" has begun to spawn quite a few YouTube sing-alongs including this impressive slow-reveal  23-person number shot inside a van.

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NEW MUSIC: Villagers, Du Blonde, Anna B Savage, Inner Tongue, White Sage

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New Music is brought to you by Deadly Music! which covers mostly independent indie, alternative, electro pop, post rock and ambient music, with a bit of everything else deadly thrown in for good measure.

Most songs reviewed here are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this post, where you can also sign up for our weekly updates.

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Villagers - Darling Arithmetic

Nominated for the Mercury Prize for his grandly conceived orchestral / electro-folk first two albums Becoming a Jackal and {Awayland}, Dubliner Villagers - aka Conor O’Brien (above) - has entirely stripped the sound back for the mostly acoustic nine tracks on new album Darling Arithmetic.

Villagers3Recorded at home alone and self-produced, Darling Arithmetic abandons the big picture scope of his earlier work for one of quiet introspection in which O’Brien addresses his own sexuality.

Specifically not a “coming out album” - a label which O’Brien wants to avoid - Darling Arithmetic is “a human love album because everyone in the world feels those emotions at some stage.”

However, it is when he moves beyond the love songs beautiful in their simplicity - notably “Everything I Am Is Yours” and “No One To Blame” - to less personal subjects that the album leaves its mark.

In “Little Bigot”, O’Brien takes to task the notion that those campaigning against gay rights in Ireland are actually not homophobes, singing “So take the blame, little bigot/ And throw that hatred onto the fire."

Sticking with the theme, on “Hot Scary Summer” O’Brien addresses an ex and the difficulties of working hard on a relationship in the face of “all the pretty young homophobes looking out for a fight”. It all gets too hard because “we got good at pretending, then pretending got us good."

Although at times tending towards navel gazing as with the rambling “The Soul Serene”, Animal Arithmetic is a massively rewarding sea change for O'Brien.

 

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Du Blonde: “Mind Is On My Mind”

Du-BlondeDu Blonde is Beth Jeans Houghton from Newcastle, England.

Welcome Back To Milk, set for release on May 18th, is Houghton’s second album but the first to be released under the name Du Blonde.

As such, it represents a complete reinvention. With the new name comes a new sound, new band and a new attitude, leading to new freak psych pop given a shunt from potential obscurity with the appearance of inimitable Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring on “Mind Is On My Mind”.

Where 2012’s debut Yours Truly Cellophane Nose threw everything at a song, Welcome Back To Milk strips everything back and is one massive release of pent up aggression, captured perfectly by producer and Bad Seed Jim Sclavunos.

Think: REM doing the soundtrack for the sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

 

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'Science Never Goes Out of Style' with This Taylor Swift Anthem from the ASAP Science Guys: VIDEO

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Greg and Mitch, the guys behind our favorite dry erase board science animations, have heard that you've been out and about making fun of nerds.

So, taking a cue from Pentatonix this week, they've put on their lab coats and are celebrating their passion with a Taylor Swift a cappella number meant to disprove all those who just don't think science is cool.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Shangela is 'Uptown Fish' in Her New Music Video: WATCH

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How do you explain what "fish" is to someone who only understands beef?

Drag Race alum-turned-actress Shangela dropped a new music video this week, taking on Bruno Mars and explaining to her chickens of the sea how to describe "a diva so fabulous that she must have been sent by the mermaid goddesses of the ocean."

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This Sam Smith 'Lay Me Down' Flume Remix is Just What Friday Afternoon Ordered: LISTEN

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Australian DJ/Producer Flume (below) has put his signature sound on Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down". Flume is also one half of the duo What So Not from the Skrillex record label OWSLA and a sometime collaborator with Ghostface Killah - you may recall his mix of Lorde's "Tennis Court" which got a lot of attention last year.

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Looking for more new music - don't miss our indie picks from early this week or this week's OXD Mirror column featuring house tracks and dance grooves.

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