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The OXD Mirror: Welcome Summer with Tropical House Tunes and the Return of The Magician

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

Belgian producer & DJ Stephen Fasano, a.k.a. The Magician, is an artist we've enjoyed since the inception of Occupy The Disco. He originally caught our ear with his brilliant remixes and his long standing series of mixtapes, called Magic Tapes, but it's on his original tracks where he truly gets a chance to shine.

Following the success of last year's 'Sunlight' (more on that track below), he releases his first original track in 6 months, 'Together'. The catchy lyrics, bubbling melody and thumping basslines make the whimsical tune a surefire way to to bring joy to any dance floor.

Check out more summery tracks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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New Music: Lull, Violent Femmes, Sorcha Richardson, Tamara Williamson, Lights That Change

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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.

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Lull - “Bubble Tea”

Lull-bubble-teaIndie pop via classic shoegaze, Lull is a brand new quartet from London, England.

With a sound somewhere between The Jesus and Mary Chain, Smashing Pumpkins, Slowdive and The History of Colour TV, "Bubble Tea" is an instantly memorable clash of melancholy fuzzy noise pop.

Taken from their debut album to be released next month - remarkably accomplished considering they have been together for a year - “Bubble Tea” suggests hidden depths and potential mass appeal.

 

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Violent Femmes - Happy New Year

Violent Femmes have announced the June release of a new four track EP and a U.S. tour this summer.

Their first collection of new songs in 15 years, Happy New Year was recorded this past New Year’s Eve in Hobart, Tasmania after the legendary band performed a sold out concert at the Sydney Opera House.

Have a listen to new EP track "Love Love Love Love". They’ve still got it.

 

 

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The OXD Mirror: A Potential 'Song Of The Summer' And More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Tove Lo: 'Talking Body (Jax Jones Remix)'

Swedish electro pop singer Tove Lo says her biggest influences are Robyn, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Lykke Li, and at this juncture she's poised to be just as successful as them.  Her album Queen of The Clouds was released last September and climbed up to #14 on the Billboard 200 chart.  'Talking Body' is the second off of the album, originally released in mid January.

The original version of 'Talking Body' is a great electro infused pop song, but what was missing was a catchier, more present dance backing. This week British producer Jax Jones, who you probably remember from last summer's smash, 'I Got U,' released his official remix for Tove's hit track. Jones adds in the little bits and pieces that were missing from the original to make it a serious dance floor contender. It has all of the makings for a "song of the summer" - a great beat, catchy vocals, fun, sexually driven lyrics - and gets my vote.

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New Music: SOAK, The Natural Aggregate, Stereoshock, The New Division, Azure Blue

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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.

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SOAK - "Digital Witness"

Xc2cSAWS_400x400Northern Ireland singer-songwriter SOAK (above and right) - aka Bridie Monds-Watson - was one of our tips for greatness last year.

Due to release her debut album later this month, SOAK has just dropped a cover of “Digital Witness” by St Vincent.

Have a look at the video below, along with Bridie’s brilliant cover of “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift.

If you’re stuck for Swift covers, try this one of “Begin Again” by Sportsman and two other recent covers of “Shake It Off” by Wonderful Humans and Bent Denim.

 

 

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The Natural Aggregate – ‘DIVAdiva’

‘DIVAdiva’ is taken from last year’s 1000 Little Popstars by alternative / electronica act The Natural Aggregate. Just released on the first anniversary of that EP is a video for “DIVAdiva”, a typically collaborative effort featuring abrasive synthesis, powerful piano textures and rhythmic intricacies.

As part of the one year anniversary, The Natural Aggregate is set to produce one more video to accompany the EP before releasing a second EP later in the year, which will be a collection of pieces as featured on the soundtrack for independent film Plight, produced by Rebound Productions and directed by Lucy Bonnett, scheduled for release this Autumn.

 

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The OXD Mirror: The Mysterious Producers of Disco, and New Releases by Bicep, Todd Terje and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

King So So: 'Disco in the Sky'

The disco scene is frequently presented with mysterious producers who prefer to hide behind a moniker and let their music speak for itself. This has been the case for many successful releases since the 70s (such as Loose Joints' 'Is It All Over My Face' created by Arthur Russel and Steve D'Aquisto) and this month we get into yet another puzzling character: King So So – although his identity has already been revealed.

German techno-pop producer Superpitcher (aka Aksel Schaufler) is the one responsible for ‘Disco in the Sky,’ an infectious and groovy, synth-heavy disco record that blends high energy with trippy elements. In addition, the ridiculous over-the-top, karaoke-style music video highlights the fun and unpretentious feel of the song.

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NEW MUSIC: Fight Like Apes, Tracey Thorn, LÁ BAS, itsabrightlight, The History of Colour TV

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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.

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Fight Like Apes

Fight-Like-ApesDublin-based electro pop punk act Fight Like Apes have announced the release of their eponymous 3rd album.

Due out on May 18th, it would appear that Fight Like Apes have finally embraced the nascent epic pop hooks that they may have backed away from to an extent in the past.

Known for their occasionally snarling take on pop punk, the songs on their latest release retain the rough around the edges approach but add in an element of pure pop that could well – and should by all rights – do the unheard of and find a brand new audience at a late stage in their career while keeping existing fans happy.

The transformation isn’t quite as extreme as that of DIY act We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It!! into Fuzzbox but with songs like “Numbnuts,” “Pretty Keen on Centerfolds” and the verging on glam rock “Carousel,” this is an explosive return for a band that could have gone awry many moons ago.

 

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Tracey Thorn - The Falling

20120926-traceythorn-624x420-1348678021After a fairly quiet couple of years following 2012’s sublime Christmas album Tinsel and Lights – apart from writing award winning books obviously – Tracey Thorn (one half of Everything But The Girl) is making her inimitable presence known once more.

Following on from a rather lovely cover of Kate Bush‘s “Under the Ivy” back in December, Thorn is back with The Falling, a 16-minute soundtrack to accompany British filmmaker Carol Morley’s first full-length feature, which stars Maisie Williams (above).

Thorn explains:

“I’d seen [Morley's] two previous documentary films, The Alcohol Years and Dreams of a Life, and I tweeted about how much I liked them. She saw that and came to a book signing I was doing for Bedsit Disco Queen.”

After Thorn appeared in one of Morley’s dreams, the director reached out immediately. “When I said that I’d never done a film soundtrack before and didn’t really know how to do it, she said, ‘Perfect.'”

Thorn’s goal was to provide music that could have been made by the schoolgirl characters, a creative process unexpectedly brought her back to some of her own early recordings:

“It sounds more like music I made with the Marine Girls or on my first solo album, A Distant Shore. I think that’s because I was deliberately trying to inhabit the mindset of these teenage girls. So it took me back into myself, in a way that I found really enjoyable.”

 

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Listen to new tracks by LÁ BAS, itsabrightlight and The History of Colour TV, AFTER THE JUMP...

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