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The OXD Mirror: Ru's Top 10 Tracks of 2014

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 BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

It's that time of the year again when we look back and list our favorite tracks of the year.  Given the plethora of amazing music on the disco and house scene this year, this was no easy task. Nevertheless below is a list (in descending order) of my favorite tracks that I played while spinning at our Occupy The Disco parties here in New York. 

While it's actually the Bixel Boys remix of Kiesza's acclaimed lead single, 'Hideaway' that holds the #10 spot on my list (listen after the jump), I'd be remiss to not also include the fantastic music video that accompanied the original cut. Whether it's the rhythm that hooked you, or the chorus of ooh's and aahs, 'Hideaway's brilliance lies in it's simplicty; which is echoed in the music video. It's a refreshing to watch in a world where the opulence of Gaga and Beyoncé seem to reign.

Listen to the Bixel Boys Remix of 'Hideaway' and the rest of Ru's top 10  AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEW MUSIC: To Be Frank, Pop-Op, Johanna Glaza, You Are Number Six, Dirty Dishes, Stereoshock

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New Music is brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, which covers mostly indie/alternative music as well as electronica, ambient/modern classical, pop and anything really, really good.

Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this post.

Enjoy!

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To Be Frank: “Let It Go”

To Be Frank is a musician/producer from Suffolk, England who over the past two years has released a number of EPs and singles that verge between piano-based heartbreakers and glitchy electro pop tracks like his latest “Let It Go”.  

Taken from his debut album to be released next year the track is “a bittersweet tale of a break-up foreseen and foretold, love gone bad with a distinctly wintery feel” for fans of James Blake, Halls, Brolin and one of last year's best new artists Ryan Vail.

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Pop-Op: “You Are The Eyes”

Pop-op is a brand new post punk outfit from Belfast, Northern Ireland of which no further information is available.

Shouty debut track “You Are The Eyes” is all sort of anti-establishment sloppy punk via The Fall and Parquet Floors, so fresh its not even completely mixed yet.

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Listen to new tracks by Johanna Glaza, You Are Number Six, Dirty Dishes and Stereoshock, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: Josh's Top 10 Tracks For 2014

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

It's that time of the year again for those 'best of 2014' lists, and the three of us will all be sharing our top tracks from this past year over the next 3 weeks. It's been a great year for music, and hopefully you all have enjoyed the variety of disco, house, pop, and techno music we've shared in 2014.

10. Roisin Murphy - 'Ancora Ancora Ancora'

2014 marked the official return of Roisin Murphy, seven years after her last full release, the massive Overpowered LP.  Her Italian language Mi Senti EP was comprised mostly of covers of Italian pop and disco songs, including 'Ancora Ancora Ancora.'  Severino (of the famed Horsemeat Disco) and Nico de Ceglia remixed this into a beautiful piano-laden track that showcases Murphy's vocal chops.  Supposedly, a new full length album is in the works for her in 2015. 

Check out the rest of my top 10, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEW MUSIC: Naomi Pilgrim, Son Joan, Static Waves 3, Ummagma, Pretty Sad, R I T U A L

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New Music is brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, which covers mostly indie/alternative music as well as electronica, ambient/modern classical, pop and anything really, really good.

Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this post.

Enjoy!

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Naomi Pilgrim: “It’s All Good”

Naomi Pilgrim is one of the biggest breakout European electro pop artists of 2014.

Born in Barbados and raised in Sweden, she’s dropped a few singles and EPs this year including debut gem and one of our favourite songs of the year “No Gun."

Going for the 80s europop revival via more restrained R&B, Naomi’s last video for “It’s All Good” sees her “waking up alone in the desert with a retro DeLorean conveniently parked nearby. She proceeds to burn down a desert road, passing by a series of men digging ditches and hapless skateboarders.”

As you do.

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Son Joan: “Sucker Punch”

Son Joan is a one-man act from Hampshire in the UK.

A label-mate of Hannah Lou Clark who we covered last week, Hannah collaborated with Son Joan on “Sucker Punch,” which is down and dirty old-school indie rock for fans of Simple Kid, Jamie T, early Primal Scream and The Rolling Stones.

“Sucker Punch” is taken from Son Joan‘s debut EP Menagerie Melodies which is set to be released soon.

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Listen to new tracks by Lillies On Mars, Ummagma, Pretty Sad and R I T U A L, AFTER THE JUMP... 

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Museum of Love, Akufen, ROTCIV and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

Museum of Love: 'Who’s Who of Who Cares (Daniel T. & Cooper Saver Remix)'

Museum of Love, the band created by former LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney with Dennis McNany (also known as Jee Day), released their debut self-titled full length album on DFA Records this past October.

The label issued a remix of 'The Who’s Who of Who Cares,' (the original track was shared here by Ru) by producers Daniel T. and Cooper Saver. The boys turn the original song into a mixture of space-themed, tribal and jazzy sounds. The perfect soundtrack for interstellar trips to visit distant planets with ancient cultures – or simply dance all night. Download it for free here.

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Queer Folk Singer-Songwriter Dylan Wright Explores Connections Between Love And Violence In 'Iron Gates' - VIDEO

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Chicago-based queer singer/songwriter Dylan Wright has just dropped his debut album As A Ghost along with his first music video for the track “Iron Gates.”

WrightAs A Ghost is currently the most popular album in the gay category on Bandcamp and in the top 25 for the Chicago category.

Open and honest about his sexuality in his work, Dylan’s alt folk music will appeal to fans of Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake.

Check out some more music recommendations and watch the video for “Iron Gates” and listen to album track “Queen To Be,” AFTER THE JUMP...

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