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The OXD Mirror: A Tribute To Chicago House And More New Music

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Robert Owens: 'This Time'

Even though house music is as well known today as mainstream genres like pop, rock, and R&B, it has not always been so commonplace or well-regarded as it is in 2015. Chicago was one of the first hold outs for house music, where this new and evolving music style broke race and sexual orientation barriers in the 80s – bringing people together under this new form of rich, soulful dance music, and eventually spreading all over the world.  

London-based record label Midnight Riot, known for their compilations of original disco and house tracks along with classics and B-sides, have put together a really great album that pays tribute to Ron Hardy, the Music Box, and the formative years of Chicago House. The album mixes vintage material with tribute tracks from current artists and Chicago legends, like vocalist Robert Owens. Owens is Chicago House royalty; one of the few that has reserved his soulful vocal talents for dance music. ‘This Time’ is his excellent contribution to this Chicago-centric compilation, which features many queer artists like Owens himself, and the likes of The Cucarachas, The Carry Nation, Severino, Alinka & Shuan J Wright, and The Black Madonna.  

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NEW MUSIC: Gillian, Damien Rice, Hey Elbow, Skyline Advantage, New Ambient Music

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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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Gillian - “Colorize”

Gillian-ColorizeNew York-based Gillian have announced the release of their new single “Colorize” from a forthcoming EP of the same name.

“Colorize” is more on the pop side of indie and all the better for that, a high octane, female-fronted summer pop song that tones the bouncy down at the three minute mark where you might expect it to end, segueing into a proper old indie rock out.

Over five minutes, it’s really two songs on a theme. If that’s an attempt to please pop kids and the hipster crowd at the same time that’s all well and good but I suspect more likely Gillian are brave and talented enough to test the limits and try something new with a tried and tested format.

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Other Voices - Damien Rice Live

Other Voices (#OtherVoices)is Ireland's premiere showcase for the best in local and international music, consistently featuring standout performances from the 200-year-old St. James Church in Dingle, Co. Kerry as well as other venues around the area, co-presented by Aidan Gillen.

Artists appearing in the current series include Jessie Ware, Young Fathers and Hozier.

From episode one is Damien Rice (above) performing "I Don't Want To Change You" taken from latest album My Favourite Faded Fantasy.

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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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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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The OXD Mirror: New Disco Edits by Dimitri From Paris, Holy Ghost!, Todd Terje and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

 

Today's column starts with a "Throwback Thursday" moment, back to 2013 when we initially shared 'So Good,' by Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One's combined act, Tuxedo. The duo just released their eponymous full length album and are currently touring the world. Disco don Dimitri From Paris gives their lead single a fresh update by peppering the track with his signature synths and funky grooves.  It's also available as free download to celebrate Dimitri's hitting 5 million Soundcloud streams.

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NEW MUSIC: Rob Bravery, Fight Like Apes, Gorgeous Bully, Orchidée Noire, Idea the Artist

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Rob Bravery - “Me, Myself and the Scurvy Knave”

Rob-BraveryRob Bravery, a singer songwriter from Bristol, England has been described as "what a Massive Attack song with Michael Jackson would have sounded like,” one of those seemingly overcooked comparisons that actually makes sense when you hear the songs in question.

Bravery's previous single “Knock Out Ginger” backs the description up in spades with its gloomy atmospheric beats and crystal clear vocals.

His latest track “Me, Myself and the Scurvy Knave” maintains something of the glitchiness but gravitates towards a more recognizable indie pop almost-ballad style art pop that at times recalls Radiohead and the art pop of Marc Almond and Anthony and the Johnsons.

 

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Fight Like Apes – “Pretty Keen On Centerfolds”

Fight Like Apes (above) - a Dublin, Ireland-based electro punk act reduced from four members to a duo since their last album - have been a mainstay of the Dublin live scene since their debut 2008 album which featured brilliant breakout work-unfriendly track "Jake Summers".

Just out is “Pretty Keen On Centerfolds”, the first track from their new album which is due in May.

Have a listen to "Pretty Keen On Centerfolds" which is accompanied by the official video for "Jake Summers."

 

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