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The OXD Mirror: R&B, Disco and House Converge with SlowKnights, Janet and Classixx, D'Angelo and More...

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

Scissor Sisters' guitarist Del Marquis (Derek Gruen) has been cultivating his own brand ever since the band took an indefinite hiatus after their 2012 release, Magic Hour. Marquis released Cosmos under the Slow Knights moniker the following year, and quickly became a personal favorite with additional remixes by ColeCo and stage shows with Midnight Magic and Spank!

While Del Marquis was the mastermind behind Cosmos, he did mostly featured other vocalists such as Rod Thomas (Bright Light Bright Light), Xavier Smith and Bridget Barkan on the album's tracks.  

Those vocalists have now officially joined Slow Knights and are ready to release their sophomore effort, Living in a Dark World, Let Me Be Your LightThe lead single, 'Just Kiss' features soulful vocals and lyrics about attraction and anger layered over trap drums and '80s synths. The track is very heavily rooted in R&B, but it also has a tropical disco remix by ColeCo, which should be hitting the sound waves next week. 

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NEW MUSIC: Daddy Issues, Happyness, Father John Misty, Echodrone, Mute Forest

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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.

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Daddy Issues: Double Loser EP

Daddy Issues is an all-girl indie / surf pop act from North Carolina.

Just released is their debut four-track EP Double Loser. This is bad girl 60s influenced guitar trash bubblegum pop with added twee and bite and a high ratio of doo-wops.

Have a listen to EP standout track “Lethal Dose”

 

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Happyness: “A Whole New Shape”

English indie rock act Happyness (above) erupted onto the scene last year, with killer tracks like “Leave The Party” (about going to a party and killing people, as you do) leading to comparisons with Yo La Tengo and Pavement and making the NME Best Newcomers list for 2014.

Last month, Happyness announced they had signed to Moshi Moshi Records for the UK.

Their first single proper of 2015 is “A Whole New Shape”, set for release on March 30th.

 

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Have a listen to new tracks by Father John Misty, Echodrone and Mute Forest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: Róisín Murphy's 'Gone Fishing' and More!

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Róisín Murphy: 'Gone Fishing'

Róisín Murphy is one of those rare artists that can seamlessly float between different styles and yet always sound distinct and still play to her musical strengths.  From her early days in Moloko penning underground club hits like 'Sing It Back,' to her critically acclaimed electro pop masterpiece Overpowered, and more recently her Italo-pop/disco EP Mi Senti, her 20+ year career has earned her a loyal and rabid fan base.

Earlier this week, Murphy announced her first full-length album in 8 years, Hairless Toys, due out on May 11th.  The lead single is 'Gone Fishing,' a dreamy and dynamic song inspired by Paris is Burning.

Murphy says "[t]his song was written after I watched the film, having read an article which referenced it in a discussion about House Music's origins in black, gay culture. I was deeply moved by this film.....the culture was a flamboyant reaction to persecution and disillusionment, the imagination and bravery of these kids is simply awe-inspiring. I envisioned 'Gone Fishing' almost as a song from a Broadway musical version of this story. The making of one's own world,  a safer world and the creation of a new, better family in music or youth culture is a theme I touch upon elsewhere on my album Hairless Toys." 

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New Music: John Joseph Brill, Pile, Sivu, Young Romance, Quarterbacks, Fireworks

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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.

You can sign up for weekly updates from Deadly Music! at the end of this post.

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John Joseph Brill - “Pieces”

John-Jospeh-Brill-PiecesAhead of his debut release Pieces, English singer/songwriter John Joseph Brill has released a stop-motion video for the EP’s brooding title track.

Brill says that "Pieces" is "a raw exploration of one man’s internal honesty. There are no fancy frills or special effects, it’s completely DIY and as raw as the song is. It wears its blemishes as badges of honour.”

The EP features four beautifully crafted songs that are equally affecting as they are anthemic.

Recorded with rising producer Kristofer Harris (Annie Eve, Smoke Fairies, Jay Brown, Bear’s Den, Story Books) and Andrew Davie (singer with Bears Den), the EP also features live favourite “Golden Kids” and ghostly closer “Sleeping Beast”, as well as 2014’s powerful “Muscle & Bone”.

Pieces will be released digitally worldwide on February 23rd via Killing Moon Records.

 

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Pile: “The World Is Your Hotel”

Boston-based Pile will release the follow-up to Dripping next month on Exploding In Sound.

“Your favourite band’s favourite band,” Pile make DIY post punk/alt rock for fans of Pixies.

Have a listen to the brilliant “The World Is Your Motel” from new album You’re Better Than This.

 

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The OXD Mirror: Hot Chip is back, Plus New Releases by Marcus Marr, Robag Wruhme, and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

Hot Chip: 'Huarache Lights'

Hot Chip’s sixth studio album is on the way with an expected release scheduled for May, and the first single, 'Huarache Lights,' is already prime material.

 The song includes all the elements that made us all fall in love with the British ensemble in the first place: quirky arrangements, a catchy melody, infectious basslines, and they went further this time by  including a sample of First Choice's classic disco anthem 'Let No Man Put Asunder.' Hot Chip has set my expectations high and I look forward to what is coming up.

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Passion Pit Joins French Electro Star Madeon on 'Pay No Mind': LISTEN

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French electro house/pop producer Madeon (as heard here before) is getting ready to release his debut album Adventure and this week released a new track "Pay No Mind" featuring Boston-based indie electronic outfit Passion Pit.

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Madeon plans a North American tour starting April 10 to support the new album which also features Dan Smith from Bastille, Foster the People's Mark Foster, and British soul artist Kyan.

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