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04/19/2007


The OXD Mirror: New Music by GusGus, Nancy Whang, Cut Copy and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based collective created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tad Haes, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.  

GusGus: 'Crossfade'

When I first heard GusGus as a teenager, it changed my relationship with music. Their 1997 full-length Polydistortion (still one of my all-time favorites) was a delight to the ear with its textural, ethereal ballads and very weird sounds mixed in with a few thumping dance beats. That 90's rave and trip-hop era is long gone by now, but GusGus still remains active and relevant as they share the first single, 'Crossfade,' from their ninth studio album Mexico. It is the second on German techno/avant-garde pop label Kompakt, and judging by this first track, I expect another grand work by the Icelandic supergroup. For a broader taste of their sound, check out the amazing video for 'Over' and, of course, their masterpiece, Polydistortion.

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The OXD Mirror: 'It's Album Time' for Todd Terje, More New Tracks and a Frankie Knuckles Tribute

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT

The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based collective created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tad Haes, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.  

 

Over the years, Todd Terje has released a string of impressive EPs and remixes that have only built up anticipation for a full length album from this Norwegian disco giant. Terje is well aware, and finally releases his appropriately named debut LP, 'It's Album Time' next week (stream it now on NPR). On the album, Terje stays true to his signature cosmic disco sound and "brazen lust for melody," but also recognizes that listening to an album is much different than his 12" singles out in the club. Suiting to his playful nature Terje experiments quite a bit on the album, providing a listening experience that's specifically tailored to be enjoyed at home.

The album track 'Delorean Dynamite' is just one example of of such mastery, as the song begins with the high energy from the previously track, 'Strandbar' and post climax, allows for a beautiful dénouement that sets the stage for the next track, a ballad with Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry (shared by Josh last week). I highly recommend the album, it's a real treat and will provide the perfect soundtrack to your summer. 

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The OXD Mirror: Plastic Plates Remixes a Runway Anthem and more

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Jonas Rathsman, featured in today's playlist

BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Disciples - 'Catwalk (Plastic Plates Remix)'

Collectively, the three of us at Occupy The Disco are all fans of the voguing and ball scene era (as documented in the classic Paris is Burning) and the music that inspired the mainstream rise of club music.  It's no surprise that a dance song titled 'Catwalk' is a direct homage to that voguing and runway culture.  The song is the title track of London-based Disciples' sophomore release. Plastic Plates, who you've all seen us feature on here more times than I can recollect, gave the track an even more runway-appropriate take by removing some of the hardness of the original track while infusing in beats worthy of a fierce strut, hair flip, or fan wave.

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The OXD Mirror: Kelis' Return and New Music by MK, Munk, and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT

The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based collective created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tad Haes, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.  

 

Kelis - Rumble (Breach Remix)

Kelis' upcoming sixth studio album, FOOD, is due to be released next month and we're very excited. The 'Milkshake'-maven's last album, Fleshtone, a collection of dancefloor ready tracks ruled the gay airwaves alongside Robyn's Body Talk in 2010 (in fact, the two co-headlined on tour together).  Those expecting FOOD to be a continuation of that sound will be disappointed, but the album itself is quite brilliant. Kelis' changes her sound again bringing a jazzy, indie-soul vibe that she self-describes as a "kind of unspoken love fest." Not all is lost for dance fans, however, as we already have some promising remixes that bring Kelis back to the dancefloor. England's Ben Westbeech, better known as Breach gives the album's second single, 'Rumble' with a traditional house-style remix should keep fans happy. 

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Tensnake, Fort Romeau, Hercules And Love Affair and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

Tensnake feat. Jeremy Glenn: 'Selfish'

House music fans from all over the globe have been longing for a full length release by Tensnake ever since his smashing dancefloor hit 'Coma Cat' made ways into DJ record crates back in 2010. The time has finally come for Glow, the German producer’s debut album, after a few singles appeared during the past months. It features collaborations with Nile Rodgers (of Chic, and most recently Daft Punk), Jacques Lu Cont (producer of Madonna’s Confessions on a Dancefloor), Jamie Lidell, singer Fiora and Canadian vocalist/producer Jeremy Glenn. 'Selfish,' the song featuring Glenn’s voice, is a sweet pop track infused with 80’s synths which I can easily see making its way into radio waves across the world.

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The OXD Mirror: A Return of The Greats, New Music From Hercules and Love Affair and Todd Terry

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

As history has always showed us, GLBT people have always been the ones to set the trends in music, followed furiously by the rest after the impact of our music is felt on the world. 

Hercules and Love Affair - 'Do You Feel The Same'

Hercules and Love Affair, the queer collective started by Andy Butler, effectively rendered electro dead with the revival of disco in their 2008 hit single, ‘Blind’, featuring Antony Hegarty.  The success of this single and the group’s first album helped to bring disco back in a new and serious way to electronic producers and bands.  Over time, the group has featured out artists like Nomi Ruiz, Shaun J Wright, Kele Okereke, Kim Ann Foxman, in addition to Hegarty and of course Butler himself.  The group is back for their follow-up to 2011’s Blue Songs, called Feast of the Broken Heart, out on April 14th, with ‘Do You Feel The Same’ as the lead single.  The pulsing jam is rife with the great beats and sleek vocals, this time courtesy of HALA’s touring vocalist Gustaph.

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