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Let Annie Lennox Take You on a 7-Minute 'Nostalgia' Trip in Her Luscious Album Preview: VIDEO

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Annie Lennox is back with her first non-holiday studio album in 7 years and takes on standards, mostly from the first half of the 20th century, in a work aptly titled Nostalgia.

2_lennoxIn a 7-minute preview she talks about the "incredible relationship" you must have with the songs that you cover in order to allow them to bring you in. She also talks about curiosity, finding the beauty and pain in the blues, and wanting to find resonance to today in the songs she presents.

"It's a journey into nostalgia but it's also a contemporary piece of work," says Lennox

Lennox gives stunning voice to "Memphis in June" by Hoagy Carmichael and Paul Francis Webster, "Georgia on My Mind" by Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell, "Strange Fruit" by Abel Meeropol, "Summertime" by George Gershwin, "Mood Indigo" by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard, and "I Put a Spell on You by Screaming Jay Hawkins, which Lennox calls a song of empowerment, certainly resonating today as strongly as ever:

"Everywhere in the world women are abused by men, and I love men. And I have to say I'm a feminist, and I'm absolutely proud to say I'm a feminist. A man-loving feminist. That's who I am. But some of the behavior. Very bad. Very disappointing."

Lennox also held a listening party at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California where she talked more about the album and how she is still fascinated with making music.

"I want to still make music. I don't want to twerk, but I want to be relevant."

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Groove Armada, Zero 7, Audiojack, The Juan Maclean and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

 
Groove Armada: 'Rescue Me'
 
Groove Armada has been around for nearly 20 years now and they still churn out instant classics at a rate most producers would only dream of. They’ve come a long way since the 90s, with an evolving sound that so far has been influenced by house, jazz, dub, pop, R&B, trip-hop and drum’n’bass.

 
2014 has been a prolific year for the British duo with the release of three EPs so far, including their latest Stairwell Felonies out now on Get Physical. The smash opener ‘Rescue Me’ brings back memories of old-time warehouse parties with its soulful elements, strong build-ups and ethereal breaks.  
 
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The OXD Mirror: Get Housed by The 2 Bears, Hot Since 82 and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

The 2 Bears, comprised of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Raphael 'Raf Daddy' Rundell, have just released 'Get Out,' the opening track from their sophomore album, The Night is Young.

The track starts slowly, with a cadence that wouldn't feel out of place on a Hot Chip Album, but quickly builds and takes the listener on a journey to the dance floor. The track sets the stage nicely for the album's lead single, 'Angel (Touch Me),' which has had me grooving for several months now. The Night is Young releases on October 13th via Southern Fried Records

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Robyn, Hot Chip, and Sufjan Stevens Turn in Gorgeous Covers of Arthur Russell Classics: LISTEN

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A tribute to the late composer, cellist, and all-around musical genius Arthur Russell, mostly known for his successes in underground dance and disco, is set to be released on October 21. Russell died of AIDS-related causes in 1992 after a career which included collaborations with Talking Heads, Philip Glass, Allen Ginsberg, and Bootsy Collins.

Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell features contributions from Hot Chip, Cults, Scissor Sisters, Sufjan Stevens, Phosphorescent, José González, and Blood Orange, among others. The release is the latest from the Red Hot organization which dedicates itself to fighting AIDS through pop culture.

Swedish pop/dance princess Robyn offers an upbeat cover of "Tell You (Today)". Check it out after the jump, along with equally gorgeous covers of "A Little Lost" by Sufjan Stevens and "Go Bang" by Hot Chip.

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The OXD Mirror: Close Out Your Summer With New Music From Bondax, Midnight Pool Party, Tesla Boy and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Even though these guys are electronic music producers, British duo Bondax have always made beautiful vocals (along with their skillful production) the centerpiece of their music. Last year, their track 'Giving It All' made it into the number two position of my top 10 tracks of 2013 here on Towleroad, and they're back yet again with another vocally-robust track, 'All I See'.

Bondax: 'All I See (Darius Remix)'

 Fellow Brit Tanya Lancaster provides the vocals this time for the single, which officially drops on September 7th.  French producer Darius remixed the track perfectly – adding in soulful, deep beats that suit the track beautifully.  

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Midnight Magic, Full Intention, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

Our love for Midnight Magic, Brooklyn's most prolific disco ensemble is unparalleled. Their live performances are, for the lack of a better word, epic, with lead singer Tiffany Roth's electric personality that can light up the entire room.  Their songs keep the lush spirit of orchestral disco alive, via their 9-piece band that spans different styles of disco and funk.

Midnight Magic: 'Night Flight'

 The band has new material soon to be released, a 5-track EP that will soon be out on Soul Clap Records. The lead single, 'Night Flight,' is already available and while it may feature slower beats than one would expect for the dancefloor, don't be fooled: it still can move hips and shake bodies like many tracks can't. 

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