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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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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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The OXD Mirror: Chill Out and Feel the Love with Music by Frank Ocean, Satin Jackets, HNNY and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

My last column delved into the realm of deep house, showcasing the darker elements of house music. Today we take a significant departure and invite you to relax and chill out with some dreamy soundscapes by house music superstars.  

Frank Ocean paid tribute to the late Aaliyah last month on what would be her 36th Birthday, by covering her remake of The Isley Brothers’ 1976 hit, 'At Your Best (You Are Love).' Ocean's haunting, stripped-down version gets a futuristic, cosmic makeover by L.A.'s starRo, a producer and DJ known for his downtempo tracks that fuse "beats with jazz, R&B, soul, chill, emotion, and love."  It's the perfect track to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day, which is right around the corner.

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The OXD Mirror: Andy Butler Goes Solo, And Other New Music For The Week

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Andy Butler is the mastermind behind the rotating disco house act Hercules and Love Affair, and the man behind the group's three full studio albums released between 2008-2014.  The group, comprised mostly made of LGBT performers (Butler himself, Antony Hegarty, Shaun J Wright, Kim Ann Foxman and Nomi Ruiz to name a few) brought back a  very queer sound to mainstream house music.  Though Butler has always acted as the "lead" for HALA, every song has always been a collective effort of the many artists that make up the group.  In 2015, Butler has set to break off on his own and produce under his own imprint.

Andy Butler: 'You Can Shine (Feat. Richard Kennedy)'

Debuting his first solo EP next month, Butler leads with recent tour mate Richard Kennedy, who acted as male vocal lead for the last Hercules and Love Affair world tour.  I had the pleasure of seeing this very sassy vocalist perform during that tour and his vocal chops and stage presence are combinations you don't see too often.  'You Can Shine' is an excellent club track, with some sounds reminiscent of Butler's HALA days as well as some new flavor injected.

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The OXD Mirror: Tin Man Remixes Erol Alkan & The Return of Paradisco

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

Originally conceived by Erol Alkan as an exclusive track for his FabricLive 77 Mix, ‘Sub Conscious’ received a new acid treatment by ones of my favorite producers in 2014, Tin Man, which is coming out as a 12” on the Phantasy imprint.

Tin Man’s experience with neoclassical and ambient work can definitely be seen in this re-work, but it is the added piano riff towards the end of the track that really makes it stand out as a hot record for the dancefloor.

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