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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Róisín Murphy, Jad & The Ladyboy, Discodromo, Virginia and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

 

Róisín Murphy is finally back big time. Last month, the Irish singer teased us with the Paris is Burning-inspired 'Gone Fishing,’ followed by last week’s killer dance track ‘Jealousy’ (which has both a disco and house mix) and now it is time for the first official single off of her new album to see the light of day, 'Exploitation' – an interesting mix of uptempo beats, distorted synths and a jazzy guitar, all tied together by Róisín's strong vocals. The new LP, Hairless Toys, will be out on May 11th, although it will not include 'Jealousy,' which so far is available only as a vinyl EP (you can stream the full EP here).

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The OXD Mirror: New tracks by Monarchy, Du Tonc, Goldroom, The Carry Nation, and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

Regular readers of this column know that Occupy The Disco was conceived at a Monarchy concert way back in 2011. We convinced our friends to come check out this band that they had never heard of but we were positive they'd enjoy nonetheless. After amassing a sizable crowd, we recognized that our friends, and the young gay community in general, were open to experience nightlife sounds beyond the Katy Perry/Rihanna/Britney variety, and Occupy the Disco was born. Since then, Monarchy has held a special place in our hearts as we patiently awaited a follow up LP to their phenomenal debut album, Around the Sun

The UK-based duo, comprised of Andrew Armstrong and Ra Black originally released 'Black Widow' on their Almost Human EP late last year and have now included the track as part of the band's full length album, Abnocto. To celebrate the album's release they debuted a brand new video that features album guest star Dita Von Teese (who collaborates with them on 'Disintegration,' another album track). The song includes all the elements I love about Monarchy: poignant lyrics, sung in beautiful falsettos by Black, brought to epic proportions by Armstrong's cosmic production. Abnocto released last week, thanks in part to a pledge campaign that funded the project. Read more about the project in an interview with Armstrong, where he also discusses coming out publicly late last year.

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The OXD Mirror: Sultry Vocal House Tracks From Brett Johnson, Human Life and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Brett Johnson Featuring Mikey V: 'Falling'

Dallas-based DJ Brett Johnson might be an up-and-comer on the house music scene, but his new track with vocalist Mikey V (Velazquez) sounds as slick as some of the more well-known seasoned producers out there.  The smooth vocals from Velazquez accompany a sophisticated deep house beat that you can't help but 'fall' for.  The track acts as the first single off of Brett's The Bounce is Back EP, which is out now via Classic Music Company.  

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Alixander III, Brooklyn is Burning, Kim Ann Foxman, Lindstrøm and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

 

Alixander III feat. Kim E & Gingy: '(She's So) Young'

Although the acclaimed house quartet Azari & III is no longer (sad face), one of the masterminds behind the Toronto group is still going on strong. Alixander III is now an active member of the edgy Berliner house label Toy Tonics. His most recent release, '(She’s So) Young,' in collaboration with vocalists Kim E. and Gingy, is fresh, dark and somewhat soulful, with just the right touch of weird.  

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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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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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